Date & Time: Dec 25, 2003 at 1459 LT
Type of aircraft:
Boeing 727-200
Operator:
Registration:
3X-GDO
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Conakry-Cotonou-Koufra-Beyrouth-Dubaï
MSN:
21370
YOM:
1977
Flight number:
GIH141
Country:
Benin
Region:
Africa
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
153
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
141
Aircraft flight hours:
67186
Aircraft flight cycles:
40452
Circumstances:
Taking-off from runway 06/24 at Cotonou-Cadjehoun Airport, the three engine aircraft struck a small building (radio equipment) located at the end of the runway with its main landing gear. Out of control, the aircraft crashed on the beach and exploded in many debris. The weather at the time of the accident was fine with good visibility and 32° C. outside temperature. The 06/24 runway is 7'874 feet long and the present aircraft needed, with 163 people on board and its takeoff mass, at least 8'000 feet for takeoff.
Probable cause: