Accident Ilyushin Il-18D SU-APC, Thursday 20 March 1969
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Date:Thursday 20 March 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Ilyushin Il-18D
Owner/operator:United Arab Airlines - UAA
Registration: SU-APC
MSN: 188011301
Year of manufacture:1969
Total airframe hrs:128 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 100 / Occupants: 105
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Aswan Airport (ASW) -   Egypt
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Jeddah International Airport (JED/OEJD)
Destination airport:Aswan Airport (ASW/HESN)
Rising sand in the Aswan area caused the visibility to drop from 10 km to 2-3 km. The flight had made 2 missed NDB approaches to Aswan Airport and was approaching for the third time when it suddenly banked right. The right wing contacted the left side of the runway 1120 m from the threshold. The wing broke off and the aircraft crashed in flames.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Pilot descended below the minimum safe altitude without having the runway lights clearly in sight. A contributory factor was fatigue arising from continuous working hours without suitable rest periods."


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  • 2nd worst accident in 1969
  • 7th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 2nd worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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