ASN Aircraft accident Airbus A321-231 F-OHMP Cairo International Airport (CAI)
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Date:Friday 16 November 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic A321 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A321-231
Operator:Middle East Airlines - MEA
Registration: F-OHMP
MSN: 663
First flight: 1997-05-09 (4 years 6 months)
Engines: 2 IAE V2533-A5
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 81
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 88
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Cairo International Airport (CAI) (   Egypt)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Beirut Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon
Destination airport:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypt
An Airbus A321-231 operated by MEA, sustained damage during a tail strike accident upon landing at Cairo International Airport (CAI), Egypt.
The flight, coming from Beirut, Lebanon, was cleared for an ILS approach to runway 05R. Reportedly, as the aircraft was descending through about 200 feet, it 'ballooned up' and the pilot had to apply nose-down pitch to regain the glide path. Descending through 100 feet the pilot again applied nose-up pitch to correct the glide path. The aircraft then suffered a tail strike.

Runway mishap

» World Aircraft Accident Summary - CAP 479 / Airclaims
» Flight International, 22-28 Jan. 2002

METAR Weather report:
10:30 UTC / 12:30 local time:
METAR HECA 161030Z 33006KT 9999 BKN025 24/15 Q1020 NOSIG

11:00 UTC / 13:00 local time:
METAR HECA 161100Z 32008KT 9999 BKN025 24/14 Q1020 NOSIG


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Distance from Beirut Airport to Cairo International Airport as the crow flies is 560 km (350 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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