Ariana Afghan Airlines Flight 202
Douglas DC-4 operated by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in 1954, similar to the one involved in the Ariana Afghan Airlines Flight 202 disaster.
|Date||November 21, 1959|
|Site||Near Beirut, Lebanon|
|Survivors||3 (2 died later at hospital)|
|Aircraft type||Douglas DC-4|
|Operator||Ariana Afghan Airlines|
|Flight origin||Beirut International Airport, Lebanon|
|1st stopover||Mehrabad Airport, Iran|
|2nd stopover||Kandahar International Airport, Afghanistan|
|Destination||Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan|
Ariana Afghan Airlines Flight 202, a Douglas DC-4, registration YA-BAG, was an international scheduled flight from Lebanon, bound for Afghanistan with scheduled stops in Mehrabad Airport, Iran, and Kandahar International Airport, Afghanistan. On November 21, 1959, two minutes after takeoff on runway 18, the aircraft crashed into the side of a hill at hills of Aramoun near Beirut. A small cabin fire erupted shortly after the crash, killing 24 of the 27 passengers on board. The 3 surviving passengers were taken to a hospital in Beirut. Two of them later died at the hospital.
- A navigational error in that the pilot did not right turn out as early as he should have, either because he forgot or because he was distracted by an unusual occurrence.
- A fire indication (or possibly a fire) in No. 1 engine which induced the pilot to start fire emergency action with a resulting reduction in the rate of turn and the rate of climb.
- "ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-4 YA-BAG Beirut". Aviation Safety Network. Flight Safety Foundation. Archived from the original on 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2010-01-25.