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Last updated: 21 April 2019
Datum:Mittwoch 17 August 1988
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed C-130B Hercules
Fluggesellschaft:Pakistan Air Force
Kennzeichen: 23494
Werknummer: 3708
Baujahr: 1962
Triebwerk: 4 Allison T56-A-7
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 13 / Insassen: 13
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 17 / Insassen: 17
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 30 / Insassen: 30
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:7 km (4.4 Meilen) N of Bahawalpur Airport (BHV) (   Pakistan)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Betriebsart:Official state flight
Flug von:Bahawalpur Airport (BHV/OPBW), Pakistan
Flug nach:Islamabad International Airport (ISB/OPRN), Pakistan
Pakistani president General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq had witnessed a tank inspection at Bahawalpur. The president and his entourage, which consisted a.o. of several senior army generals and the American Ambassador to Pakistan, were returning to Islamabad in a C-130 Hercules.
The airplane crashed shortly after takeoff and caught fire. All aboard were killed.
Many theories indicated that the accident was caused by sabotage. In 2008 newspaper The Times reported that, back in 1988, an analysis by a US lab found "extensive contamination" by brass and aluminium particles in the elevator booster package. This may have caused sluggish controls leading to overcontrol. This in turn may have led to the pilots losing control at low altitude soon after takeoff.

» As Pakistan comes full circle, a light is shone on Zia ul-Haq's death (The Times, 16-8-2008)


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Bahawalpur Airport to Islamabad International Airport as the crow flies is 489 km (306 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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