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Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:Tuesday 13 December 1988
Time:21:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-351C
Operator:GAS Air Nigeria
Registration: 5N-AYJ
C/n / msn: 19168/508
First flight: 1966
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Karm `Umran (   Egypt)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Dar Es Salaam International Airport (DAR/HTDA), Tanzania
Destination airport:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypt
Narrative:
The Boeing 707 departed Dar Es Salaam (DAR) on a cargo flight to Brussels (BRU), Belgium via Cairo (CAI), Egypt. Weather at Cairo was poor with a visibility of 400 m. After two missed approaches, at 20:53 and 21:07, the crew decided to divert to Luxor. The aircraft did not reach Luxor and crashed into a residential area at Karm `Umran, 45 km North of Luxor. The aircraft presumably ran out of fuel.

Sources:
» ICAO Adrep Summary 1/89 (report #1)


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Distance from Dar Es Salaam International Airport to Cairo International Airport as the crow flies is 4179 km (2612 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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