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Last updated: 26 March 2019
Date:Sunday 28 January 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC85 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-8-55F
Registration: Z-WSB
C/n / msn: 45805/244
First flight: 1965
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B (Q)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Harare Airport (HRE) (   Zimbabwe)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Johannesburg International Airport (JNB/FAJS), South Africa
Destination airport:Harare Airport (HRE/FVHA), Zimbabwe
Overran runway 05 in heavy rain after an ILS approach without the spoilers being armed. Reverse thrust was not available on engines no. 2 and 4.
The nose landing gear collapsed.

Runway excursion

» Flight International 7-13 February 1996 (8)
» Scramble 204(48)


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Distance from Johannesburg International Airport to Harare Airport as the crow flies is 955 km (597 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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