EgyptAir Flight 763

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EgyptAir Flight 763
YU-AHJ DC9 Adria BHX 03-08-89 (32207475910).jpg
Adria Airways YU-AHJ DC9-32, sister ship of the accident aircraft
Date19 March 1972
SummaryCrashed on approach
SiteJebel Shamsan, Aden, South Yemen
12°45′56″N 45°01′01″E / 12.7656°N 45.0169°E / 12.7656; 45.0169 (Jebel Shamsan)Coordinates: 12°45′56″N 45°01′01″E / 12.7656°N 45.0169°E / 12.7656; 45.0169 (Jebel Shamsan)
Aircraft typeMcDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
OperatorEgyptAir on behalf of Inex-Adria Airways
Flight originCairo International Airport, Egypt
StopoverJeddah International Airport
DestinationAden International Airport, South Yemen

EgyptAir Flight 763 was an international non-scheduled passenger flight from Cairo, Egypt, to Aden, South Yemen. On 19 March 1972, the flight was a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 registered in Yugoslavia as YU-AHR and operated by the newly renamed EgyptAir. It crashed into the Shamsan Mountains on approach to Aden, killing all 30 people on board.[1]


The aircraft involved was a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32.[1] It was built in 1970 as construction number 47503 with manufacturer's serial number 587 and registered as YU-AHR.[2]


On 19 March 1972 EgyptAir Flight 763 was on a flight from Cairo International Airport in Egypt to Aden International Airport in the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South Yemen), via Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.[3] The aircraft was chartered from the Yugoslav airline Inex Adria with 21 passengers and 9 crew members on board.[2][3] Flight 763 was on a visual approach to land on runway 08 into Aden International Airport when the aircraft struck Jebel Shamsan, the highest peak of Aden Crater, an extinct volcano,[4] located 7 kilometres (3.8 nmi) from the airport. On impact the aircraft burned, killing all on board.[1][2][5] At the time of the accident, it was the deadliest to have occurred in South Yemen. As of November 2011, it remains the deadliest civil aviation accident and the second deadliest aviation accident to have occurred in Yemen.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Guttery, Ben R. (1998). "EgyptAir 1971–". Encyclopedia of African airlines. McFarland. p. 48. ISBN 978-0-7864-0495-7.
  2. ^ a b c Ranter, Harro. "EgyptAir 19 MAR 1972 YU-AHR". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 26 November 2010.
  3. ^ a b "World News:Aircraft loss". Flight International 30 March 1972, p. 435
  4. ^ Pete Scholey, Frederick Forsyth. Who Dares Wins: Special Forces Heroes of the SAS Osprey (2008) p. 57 ISBN 978-1-84603-311-7
  5. ^ "Accident Details". Retrieved 26 November 2010.
  6. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aviation Safety Database, Yemen". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 November 2010.

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