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Last updated: 21 October 2017
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Date:Friday 19 March 1976
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev 40S2
Operator:Syrian Arab Airlines
Registration: YK-AQC
C/n / msn: 9531743 ?
First flight: 1975
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Beirut International Airport (BEY) (   Lebanon)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Official state flight
Departure airport:Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon
Destination airport:Damascus International Airport (DAM/OSDI), Syria
Narrative:
The Yakovlev 40S2 was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade during the boarding process. Prime Minister Rashid Karam of Lebanon had just boarded. He survived the impact and subsequent fire.

Classification:

Sources:
» Soviet Transports
» El Tiempo 20 March 1976, p1(photo)+12A


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Distance from Beirut International Airport to Damascus International Airport as the crow flies is 105 km (65 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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