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Last updated: 18 October 2021
Datum:Dienstag 4 November 1980
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2M2C
Fluggesellschaft:TAAG Angola Airlines
Kennzeichen: D2-TAA
Werknummer: 21172/439
Baujahr: 1975-11-07 (5 years)
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 6
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 128
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 134
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Benguela Airport (BUG) (   Angola)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Luanda Airport (LAD/FNLU), Angola
Flug nach:Benguela-Gen V Deslandes Airport (BUG/FNBG), Angola
Flugnummer: 444
The Boeing landed 4 m short, causing the gear to collapse. The aircraft slid 900 m and came to rest 20 m to the side of the runway. The no. 1 engine and right wing caught fire. The aircraft was destroyed during recovery attempts.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Lack of VASIs and threshold markings caused the pilot's inability to follow the correct approach slope.


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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 Luanda Airport to Benguela-Gen V Deslandes Airport as the crow flies is 416 km (260 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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