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Butnan (البطنان)

Crash of a Handley Page H.P.67 Hastings C.1 in El Adem

Date & Time: May 4, 1966
Operator:
Registration:
TG575
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
66
YOM:
1949
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The right main gear collapsed on landing. The airplane came on its belly and the other undercarriage failed as well. The airplane slid for several yards before coming to rest in flames. There were no injuries and the fire was quickly contained but the aircraft was considered as damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Failure of the right main gear on landing.

Crash of a Blackburn B-101 Beverley C.1 in El Adem: 2 killed

Date & Time: Apr 13, 1963
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XB268
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
1011
YOM:
1956
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
While descending to El Adem, the crew was informed about weather conditions at destination and ATC suggested the captain to divert to another airport due to low visibility. In agreement with the rest of the crew, the captain decided to attempt an approach when on final, the copilot suggested him to go around. For unknown reason, the captain continued the approach and passed below the decision height when the aircraft struck the ground about 500 meters short of runway 27/09 threshold. Two crew members were seriously injured while five others occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Wrong decision on part of the captain who decided to continue the approach in below minima weather conditions and failed to go around. Poor weather conditions were considered as a contributing factor.

Crash of a Handley Page H.P.67 Hastings C.2 in El Adem: 17 killed

Date & Time: Oct 10, 1961
Operator:
Registration:
WD498
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
El Adem – Luqa
MSN:
126
YOM:
1951
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
34
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
17
Circumstances:
The aircraft was engaged in a flight from El Adem to Luqa, Malta, carrying 34 members of the Maltese Artillery Contingent and 3 crew members of the 70th Squadron. Shortly after rotation, while in initial climb, the aircraft stalled and banked right. Immediately, the captain elected to regain control but the airplane struck the runway surface, rotated 90° and eventually crashed and burst into flames. A crew member and 16 passengers were killed while 20 other occupants were injured, some of them seriously. The aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
Investigations determined that the loss of control that occurred shortly after takeoff was caused by the movement of the safety catch located on the rails of the copilot's seat that dislodged. This caused the seat to slid on its rails back to the stop. As a result, the copilot involuntarily pull the control column, causing the aircraft to nose up and to stall due to an excessive angle of attack. It was determined that the copilot was flying when control was lost after rotation, which was non compliant as he did not have a licence allowing him to perform a takeoff with passengers on board.

Crash of a Percival P.66 Pembroke C.1 near El Adem

Date & Time: May 28, 1957
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XK859
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
0071
YOM:
1956
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Ran out of fuel, forcing the crew to attempt an emergency landing. Crash landed on a road located 16 km northwest of El Adem Airport. There were no casualties but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair and abandoned in situ.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-1-DK in El Adem

Date & Time: Jan 23, 1946
Operator:
Registration:
G-AGIY
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
12102
YOM:
1943
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed on landing. There were no casualties but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-25-DK Dakota C.3 in El Adem: 6 killed

Date & Time: Nov 14, 1945
Operator:
Registration:
KG598
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
El Adem - El Adem
MSN:
13329
YOM:
1944
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a training flight at El Adem Airport. On final approach, according to the training program, the instructor abandoned the landing procedure and attempted a go around when the aircraft stalled and crashed short of the runway threshold. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and all six crew members were killed.
Probable cause:
It appears that the aircraft stalled at a critical stage of flight when the crew inadvertently raised the flaps instead of the landing gear while they were attempting a go around procedure. Due to the loss of lift, the aircraft stalled and crashed.

Crash of a Douglas C-47B-35-DK Dakota C.4 in El Adem

Date & Time: Oct 9, 1945
Operator:
Registration:
KN698
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
16666/33414
YOM:
1945
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Two minutes after its night takeoff from El Adem Airport, the aircraft hit the slope of a mountain and burnt, 4 km northwest of the airport. There were no casualties but the aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Short S.25 Sunderland III in Libya: 19 killed

Date & Time: Nov 5, 1943 at 2245 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-AGIB
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Cairo - Djerba - Poole
YOM:
1943
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
9
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
19
Circumstances:
While cruising over Libya by night and in good weather conditions, one the right engine caught fire. The crew reduced his altitude in an attempt to make an emergency landing in the desert but while descending, the aircraft went out of control and crashed in flames some 150 km southeast of Tobruk. All 19 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
According to officials, a fire with very high intensity broke out on one of both right engines and quickly spread to the right wing that separated during the descent, causing the plane to crash.

Crash of a Vickers 416 Wellington IC near El Adem

Date & Time: Jan 10, 1942
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
L7864
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crew was en route to RAF Buerat El-Hsun when he encountered technical problems and elected to divert to El Adem. He was eventually forced to make an emergency landing 11 km north of El Adem, in a desert area. While the aircraft was damaged beyond repair, all crew members were unhurt.
Probable cause:
Engine failure.

Crash of a Lockheed 18 LodeStar in Tobruk

Date & Time: Dec 21, 1941 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-AGCZ
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
2023
YOM:
1941
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crash landed for unknown reason. No casualties.