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Last updated: 13 November 2019
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Date:Friday 5 June 1998
Type:Silhouette image of generic B721 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-25F
Operator:Aero Zambia
Registration: 5Y-BMW
C/n / msn: 18255/14
First flight: 1963-10-09 (34 years 8 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Asmara International Airport (ASM) (   Eritrea)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:-
Destination airport:-
Narrative:
Boeing 727 5Y-BMW was in Asmara delivering "relief supplies" to the Eritrean government when its left hand wing was damaged by a fuel truck in late May 1998. While awaiting repair and some spares to be brought in, the airplane was strafed by a MiG fighter during the June 5th raid and damaged by small calibre gun fire. Wiring damage behind the cockpit was of such nature that the whole area needed to be re-wired. It was decided not to repair the plane. The Boeing was purchased by International Air Parts and was stripped of the engines and other parts. The Eritreans proceeded to cut off the wings and tow it for three kilometers down the main airport road to the Expo site.

Classification:

Sources:
» Gunnar Hillgartner
» International Air Parts
» Scramble 230


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accident date: 05-06-1998
type: Boeing 727-25F
registration: 5Y-BMW
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accident date: 05-06-1998
type: Boeing 727-25F
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accident date: 05-06-1998
type: Boeing 727-25F
registration: 5Y-BMW
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accident date: 05-06-1998
type: Boeing 727-25F
registration: 5Y-BMW
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accident date: 05-06-1998
type: Boeing 727-25F
registration: 5Y-BMW
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accident date: 05-06-1998
type: Boeing 727-25F
registration: N8104N
 
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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Boeing 727

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