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Last updated: 28 November 2021
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Fecha:sábado 2 enero 1971
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic COMT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH-106 Comet 4C
Operador:United Arab Airlines - UAA
Registración: SU-ALC
Numéro de série: 6439
Año de Construcción: 1960
Horas Totales de la Célula:25592
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 8 / Ocupantes: 8
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 8 / Ocupantes: 8
Total:Fatalidades: 16 / Ocupantes: 16
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:7 km (4.4 milles) N of Tripoli International Airport (TIP) (   Libia)
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Algiers-Dar el Beida Airport (ALG/DAAG), Argelia
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Tripoli International Airport (TIP/HLLT), Libia
Número de Vuelo: 844
Descripción:
The Comet, on a flight from Algiers, struck sand dunes at 395 feet while making an ADF approach procedure turn for runway 18.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: The probable cause of the accident was the decision of the pilot-in-command to land while the prevailing visibility was below the Airline's minimum for that airport at night, and for undetermined reasons, the aircraft was lower than the altitude it ought to have been for an ADF approach to the runway in use.
The weather was a contributing factor.

Fuentes:
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 118-AN/88 (131-138)


Fotos

photo of de-Havilland-DH-106-Comet-4C-SU-ALC
accident date: 02-01-1971
type: de Havilland DH-106 Comet 4C
registration: SU-ALC
 

Map
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 Algiers-Dar el Beida Airport to Tripoli International Airport as the crow flies is 1006 km (629 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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