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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:Thursday 31 March 1988
Time:04:07
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC85 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-8-55F
Operator:Arax Airlines
Registration: 5N-ARH
C/n / msn: 45859/253
First flight: 1966
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Cairo International Airport (CAI) (   Egypt)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypt
Destination airport:Sharjah Airport (SHJ/OMSJ), United Arab Emirates
Narrative:
An engine caught fire on the second takeoff attempt. The aircraft crashed at the runway end.

Sources:
» ICAO Adrep Summary 2/88 (#47)


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Distance from Cairo International Airport to Sharjah Airport as the crow flies is 2412 km (1507 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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