Middle East Airlines Flight 438

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Middle East Airlines Flight 438
MEA Boeing 720 Marmet-2.jpg
A Boeing 720-023B of MEA, sister-ship to the accident aircraft
Bombing
Date1 January 1976
SummaryTerrorist bombing
Site37 km (23 mi) NW of Al Qaysumah, Saudi Arabia
Aircraft
Aircraft typeBoeing 720-023B
OperatorMiddle East Airlines
RegistrationOD-AFT
Flight originBeirut International Airport
DestinationAbu Dhabi International Airport
Passengers66
Crew15
Fatalities81
Injuries0
Survivors0

Coordinates: 28°38′0″N 45°47′0″E / 28.63333°N 45.78333°E / 28.63333; 45.78333Middle East Airlines Flight 438, a Boeing 720B, callsign CEDAR JET 438, was flying from Beirut to Abu Dhabi on 1 January 1976, when a bomb exploded in the forward cargo compartment.

The aircraft broke up at an altitude of 11,300 metres (37,100 ft) and crashed 37 km (23 mi) northwest of Al Qaysumah, Saudi Arabia. 81 passengers and crew were killed. The bombers were never identified.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 720-023B OD-AFT Al Qaysumah". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  • UK CAA Document CAA 429 World Airline Accident Summary (ICAO Summary 4/76)