Airplane Crash - Near Windhoek, South Africa (Namibia) 04/20/1968

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Windhoek, South Africa (Namibia)


Date04/20/1968
Time18:50
LocationNear Windhoek, South Africa (Namibia)
OperatorSouth African Airways
Flight #228/129
RouteWindhoek - Luanda
TypeBoeing B-707-344C
RegistrationZS-EUW
Cn/In19705
Aboard128
Fatalities123
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft took off from J. G. Strijdom Airport, climbed to an altitude of 600 ft. and then descended, crashing, about one minute after taking off 3 miles from the runway. Procedural errors during takeoff . Takeoff conditions in total darkness with no external visual reference. Stabilizer trim improperly set, spatial disorientation and preoccupation with after takeoff duties.

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