ASN Aircraft accident Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle 10B3 OY-STK Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 15 March 1974
Type:Silhouette image of generic S210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle 10B3
Operator:Sterling Airways
Registration: OY-STK
MSN: 266
First flight: 1970
Total airframe hrs:13773
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 92
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 96
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR) (   Iran)
Crash site elevation: 1208 m (3963 feet) amsl
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR/OIII), Iran
Destination airport:København-Kastrup Airport (CPH/EKCH), Denmark
The Caravelle was backtracking runway 29L when the crew were asked to expedite taxiing and clear the runway on the run-up area because of traffic on finals. While initiating a left turn at the end of the runway the right main gear collapsed. The right wing fuel tank ruptured and the escaping fuel ignited while the Caravelle slid for 90 m before coming to rest.
Evacuation of the aircraft was carried out through exits on the left side of the aircraft.

Probable Cause:

Causes: The right main landing gear failed as a result of the propagation of fatigue cracks in the lower right hand candelabre of
RIB 44.

Landing gear collapse
Runway mishap

» A Benefit Analysis for Cabin Water Spray Systems and Enhanced Fuselage Burnthrough Protection (CAA PAPER 2002/04)
» Aircraft Accident Report AIG/04B/80

Follow-up / safety actions

DAI issued 6 Safety Recommendations

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photo of Caravelle-10B3-OY-STK
accident date: 15-03-1974
type: Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle 10B3
registration: OY-STK
photo of Caravelle-10B3-OY-STK
accident date: 15-03-1974
type: Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle 10B3
registration: OY-STK

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 Tehran-Mehrabad Airport to København-Kastrup Airport as the crow flies is 3634 km (2271 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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