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Last updated: 17 September 2021
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Date:Saturday 14 March 1970
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-24V
Operator:United Arab Airlines - UAA
Registration: SU-AOC
MSN: 57302103
First flight: 1965
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 15
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Cairo International Airport (CAI) (   Egypt)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Alexandria Airport (ALY/HEAX), Egypt
Destination airport:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypt
Narrative:
The no. 1 prop had to be feathered when, four minutes after takeoff, an explosion occurred in the engine nacelle. The pilot decided to continue to the destination, Cairo. Gear and flaps couldn't be lowered so the aircraft made a wheels-up landing on the sand beside runway 05.
The aircraft operated on a flight from Athens, Greece, to Cairo, Egypt, with an en route stop at Alexandria.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Explosion due to a foreign body in the rear cone of the left engine nacelle.

Classification:
Sabotage
Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
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Limburgsch dagblad 16-3-1970
» Soviet Transports


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Distance from Alexandria Airport to Cairo International Airport as the crow flies is 181 km (113 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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