A Lockhead 'Electra' turbo-prop airliner of K.L.M., crashed into the desert three miles outside Cairo,?
A Lockhead 'Electra' turbo-prop airliner of K.L.M., crashed into the desert three miles outside Cairo, June 12, killing 19 of the 36 people aboard. The 'Electra' left Rome June 11 bound for Cairo, Basna, Karachi, Rangoon, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur. Cause of the crash is not yet known.
It was coming for a normal landing at Cairo Airport and was making a turn when it hit a ridge, caught fire and crashed. it was the fifth accident in six years involving the ridge, which rises to 900-feet three miles from the end of the runway. Police searched the area of the crash for 300 gold ingots aboard the aircraft. Most were reported to have been recovered.
Six 'Electra' aircraft have crashed in the last three years. With the June 12 crash, the death roll involved is reported to total 242. More than GBP20 million has been spent by the makers on elaborate air-frame modifications following two fatal accidents in the United States last year. There is no evidence so far to suggest that the Cairo crash was caused by a failure either in the air-frame or the engines.