ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-268 Advanced registration unknown Doha International Airport (DOH)
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Date:Saturday 11 May 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-268 Advanced
Operator:Saudi Arabian Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 98
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 104
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Doha International Airport (DOH) (   Qatar)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Doha International Airport (DOH/OTBD), Qatar
Destination airport:Riyadh-King Khalid International Airport (RUH/OERK), Saudi Arabia
The captain of a Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 737-200 airplane aborted a takeoff from Doha Airport, Qatar, following a catastrophic and uncontained failure of the no. 2 engine. A fragment from the engine penetrated a wing fuel tank and the no.2 engine caught fire. The airplane was stopped on the end of the runway, and the 98 passengers and 6 crewmembers evacuated the airplane while the airport fire department extinguished the fire. There were no injuries to the occupants as a result of the engine failure and fire. Investigation of the accident disclosed that the 2nd stage low-pressure turbine (LPT) disk in the Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15 engine ruptured, and that a large segment of the disk exited the engine near the 1:30 o'clock position (aft looking forward). The released segment passed through the engine and caused substantial damage to the low-pressure nozzle case, the hush package and the fan bypass duct outer case. Considerable damage was inflicted on the no.2 engine nacelle by engine fragments and the ensuing fire.

Rejected takeoff
Uncontained engine failure
Runway mishap


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Distance from Doha International Airport to Riyadh-King Khalid International Airport as the crow flies is 488 km (305 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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