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Date:Thursday 27 July 1989
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30
Operator:Korean Air
Registration: HL7328
MSN: 47887/125
First flight: 1973
Total airframe hrs:49025
Engines: 3 General Electric CF6-50C2
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 18
Passengers:Fatalities: 72 / Occupants: 181
Total:Fatalities: 75 / Occupants: 199
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2,4 km (1.5 mls) E of Tripoli International Airport (TIP) (   Libya)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED/OEJN), Saudi Arabia
Destination airport:Tripoli International Airport (TIP/HLLT), Libya
Korean Air Flight 803 departed Seoul, South Korea on a flight to Tripoli, Libya with intermediate stops at Bangkok, Thailand and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Weather was poor as the aircraft approached Tripoli. Visibility was varying between 100-800 feet and the runway 27 ILS had been reported unserviceable. On final approach to runway 27 the aircraft crashed short of the runway, striking 4 houses and a number of cars.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

» Flight International 26 August 1989 (p.9)
» Flight International 12 August 1989 (p.9)
» Aviation Week & Space Technology 7 August 1989 (p.77)


photo of DC-10-30-HL7328
accident date: 27-07-1989
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30
registration: HL7328

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport to Tripoli International Airport as the crow flies is 2820 km (1762 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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