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Last updated: 18 January 2022
Datum:Montag 22 Dezember 1980
Zeit:23:12 UTC
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic L101 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar 200
Fluggesellschaft:Saudi Arabian Airlines
Kennzeichen: HZ-AHJ
Werknummer: 1161
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 20
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 271
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 291
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:über dem Qatar (   Qatar)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler Linienflug
Flug von:Dhahran International Airport (DHA/OEDR), Saudi Arabien
Flug nach:Karachi International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Pakistan
Flugnummer: 162
Flight SV162 experienced an explosive decompression of the cabin while climbing through 29.000 feet over international waters near the State of Qatar. The aircraft had departed Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and was enroute to Karachi, Pakistan. An emergency descent was initiated and a successful landing was made at Doha International Airport in Qatar. Two passengers were killed when they were ejected from the aircraft through a hole in the cabin floor which had resulted from the forces of explosive decompression.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Presidency of Civil Aviation determines that the probable cause of this accident was an in-flight, fatigue failure of a main landing gear inboard wheel flange resulting in the rupture of the aircraft's pressure hull and explosive decompression. The failure of the flange,was the result of the failure of the B.F. Goodrich Company and the Lockheed Aircraft Company to properly assess the safety hazard associated with the type of wheels installed on aircraft HZ-AHJ. Contributing to the accident was the lapse of effective quality control procedures by the B.F. Goodrich Company and the failure of the Federal Aviation Administration to provide adequate surveillance of the manufacturer."

» ICAO Circular 178-AN/111(151-170)
» NTSB Safety Recommendations A-81-1/5


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Distance from Dhahran International Airport to Karachi International Airport as the crow flies is 1701 km (1063 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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