Flash Airlines Flight 604

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Flash Airlines Flight 604, a Boeing 737-300, was a flight from Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, to Paris, France, via Cairo. On January 3, 2004 the plane crashed into the Red Sea just moments after take-off at Sharm El Sheikh International Airport. All 135 passengers and 13 crew members on-board the plane died. The cause the crash remains disputed and suggested to be spatial disorientation from the Captain.

Flash Airlines Flight 604
174ak - Flash Airlines Boeing 737-3Q8, SU-ZCF@ZRH,30.03.2002 - Flickr - Aero Icarus.jpg
SU-ZCF, the aircraft involved in the accident, seen in March 2002
Date3 January 2004
SummaryLoss of control and crash into sea after takeoff; cause disputed
SiteRed Sea near Sharm El Sheikh International Airport, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
27°50′N 34°23′E / 27.833°N 34.383°E / 27.833; 34.383Coordinates: 27°50′N 34°23′E / 27.833°N 34.383°E / 27.833; 34.383
Aircraft typeBoeing 737-3Q8
Aircraft nameNour
OperatorFlash Airlines
IATA flight No.7K604
ICAO flight No.FSH604
Call signFLASH 604
Flight originSharm El Sheikh International Airport, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
StopoverCairo International Airport, Cairo, Egypt
DestinationCharles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France
Fatalities148 (all)

The crash remains Egypt's deadliest air-disaster, until the bombing of Kogalymavia Flight 9268, with 224 deaths. The crash is also the worst crash of a Boeing 737-300.

Passengers[change | change source]

Most of the passengers aboard the flight were French tourists from the Paris metropolitan area. A provisional passenger list, dated 5 January 2004, stated that twelve entire French families had boarded the flight.[1]

Passenger and crew countries of origin
Country Passengers Crew Total
 Canada 0 1 1
 Egypt 0 12 12
 Japan 1 0 1
 France 132 0 132
 United States 1 0 1
 Morocco 1 0 1
Total 135 13 148

References[change | change source]

  1. Lichfield, John (5 January 2004). "Twelve entire families named among Red Sea crash victims as Swiss reveal airline safety fears". The Independent. Retrieved 14 January 2009.[dead link]