ASN Aircraft accident Lockheed L-188C Electra PH-LLM Cairo International Airport (CAI)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 12 June 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic L188 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-188C Electra
Operator:KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Registration: PH-LLM
MSN: 2019
First flight: 1960-12-05 (6 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 29
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 36
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4 km (2.5 mls) SE of Cairo International Airport (CAI) (   Egypt)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy
Destination airport:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypt
KLM Flight 823 departed Amsterdam on June 11 at 18:50 for a flight to Kuala Lumpur via Munich, Rome, Cairo, and Karachi. The Electra was approaching Cairo runway 34 when it crashed 4 km short of the runway threshold, at a point 60 m above threshold level.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was caused by the pilot-in-command inattention to his instruments."

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

» L'Unità, 13-6-1961


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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 Roma-Fiumicino Airport to Cairo International Airport as the crow flies is 2135 km (1335 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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