Airplane Crash - Near Lusaka, Zambia 05/14/1977

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Lusaka, Zambia


Date05/14/1977
Time09:33
LocationNear Lusaka, Zambia
OperatorIAS Cargo
RouteNairobi, Kenya - Luskaka, Zambia
TypeBoeing 707-321C
RegistrationG-BEBP
Cn/In18579/332
Aboard6
Fatalities6
Ground0
SummaryThe elevator assembly separated in mid-flight. The plane nose dived and crashed. The in-flight separation of the right hand horizontal stabilizer and elevator as a result of a combination of metal fatigue and inadequate failsafe design in the rear spar structure. Shortcomings in design assessment, certification and inspection procedures were contributory factors.

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