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Datum:woensdag 2 augustus 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-344
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:South African Airways - SAA
Registratie: ZS-CKE
Constructienummer: 17930/155
Bouwjaar: 1960-08-10 (1 years)
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 12
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 122
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 134
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:Athens Airport (ATH) (   Griekenland)
Fase: Start (TOF)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Athens-Hassani Airport (ATH/LGAT), Griekenland
Vliegveld van aankomst:Nairobi-Embakasi Airport (NBO/HKNA), Kenia
The aircraft scraped a wall and struck a tree on takeoff from Athens, Greece. The flight continued to Nairobi where it was found that all inboard and outboard trailing edge flaps were damaged. A large part of the ventral fin was missing, both main undercarriages had suffered damage and the starboard elevator and tailplane leading edges were damaged.
The aircraft operated on a regular flight from London, U.K. to Johannesburg, South Africa, with en route stops at Athens and Nairbobi.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the accident was related to the changeover from lbs to kilograms in tables used to calculate aircraft engine performance required for takeoff. The error resulted in the weight of freight/fuel and passengers being underestimated.


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Athens-Hassani Airport en Nairobi-Embakasi Airport bedraagt 4536 km (2835 miles).

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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