Middle East Airlines Flight 438

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Middle East Airlines Flight 438
MEA Boeing 720 Marmet-2.jpg
A Boeing 720-023B of MEA, sister-ship to the accident aircraft
Bombing summary
Date 1 January 1976
Summary Terrorist bombing
Site 37 km (23 mi) NW of Al Qaysumah, Saudi Arabia
Passengers 66
Crew 15
Fatalities 81 (all)
Injuries (non-fatal) 0
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Boeing 720-023B
Operator Middle East Airlines
Registration OD-AFT
Flight origin Beirut International Airport
Destination Abu Dhabi International Airport

Coordinates: 28°38′0″N 45°47′0″E / 28.63333°N 45.78333°E / 28.63333; 45.78333Middle East Airlines Flight 438 a Boeing 720B, callsign CEDAR JET 438, was en route from Beirut to Abu Dhabi on 1 January 1976 when a bomb exploded in the forward cargo compartment. The aircraft broke up at an altitude of 11,300 metres (37,100 ft) and crashed 37 km (23 mi) northwest of Al Qaysumah, Saudi Arabia, killing all of its 81 passengers and crew. The bombers were never identified.[1]


  1. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 720-023B OD-AFT Al Qaysumah". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2017-03-31.