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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
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Date:Saturday 29 October 1960
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-344
Operator:South African Airways - SAA
Registration: ZS-CKC
C/n / msn: 17928/134
First flight: 1960-05-25 (5 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 13
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 78
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 91
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Nairobi-Embakasi Airport (NBO) (   Kenya)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Johannesburg-Jan Smuts Airport (JNB/FAJS), South Africa
Destination airport:Nairobi-Embakasi Airport (NBO/HKNA), Kenya
Flightnumber:SA218
Narrative:
The aircraft, named "Johannesburg" struck the ground 9,000 feet before the runway threshold, whilst on the final approach to runway 06 of Nairobi-Embakasi Airport at night, in low cloud base conditions. The nose landing gear sustained damage but the crew were able to become airborne again. It was decided to circle the airport and perform a wheels-up landing.
The aircraft touched down approximately half way along the runway and came to rest about 21 feet from the end of the stopway. Fires that started in engines no. 2 and 3 were extinguished by crew members. All passengers and crew escaped without injury.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause: "An error of judgment on the part of the pilot in deciding to abandon instrument flight and revert to visual flight in conditions where the visual reference available to him was inadequate for that purpose."



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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Johannesburg-Jan Smuts Airport to Nairobi-Embakasi Airport as the crow flies is 2902 km (1814 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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