Middle East Airlines Flight 438
A Boeing 720-023B of MEA, sister-ship to the accident aircraft
|Date||1 January 1976|
|Site||37 km (23 mi) NW of Al Qaysumah, Saudi Arabia|
|Aircraft type||Boeing 720-023B|
|Operator||Middle East Airlines|
|Flight origin||Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport|
|Destination||Abu Dhabi International Airport|
Middle 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. Lebanon was going through a civil war at the time.
- Criminal Occurrence description at the Aviation Safety Network
- UK CAA Document CAA 429 World Airline Accident Summary (ICAO Summary 4/76)
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