Event Details

Title:Final report of the accident investigation, Flash Airlines Fight 604, Boeing 737-300 SU-ZCF, Red Sea off Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, January 3, 2004 (Recommended)
Micro summary:This Boeing 737-300 crashed into the Red Sea shortly after takeoff.
Event Time:2004-01-03 at 0245 UTC
File Name:2004-01-03-EG.pdf
Publishing Agency:Ministry of Civil Aviation, Central Administration for Aviation Accidents
Publishing Country:Egypt
Report number:Unknown
Site of event:Red Sea near Sharm Al Sheikh, Egypt
Latitude/Longitude:N 2752,559 E 3421,933
Departure:Sharm al Sheikh, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Destination:Cairo International Airport, Cairo, Egypt
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 737-300
Flight Phase:Climb
Operator(s):Flash Airlines
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:On January 3, 2004, about 02:45:06 UTC, 04:45:06 Local time, Flash Airlines flight FSH604, a Boeing 737-300, Egyptian registration SU-ZCF, crashed into the Red Sea shortly after takeoff from Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport (SSH) in South Sinai, Egypt. The flight was a passenger charter flight to Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), France with a stopover in Cairo international Airport (CAI) for refueling. Flight 604 departed from Sharm el-Sheikh airport with 2 pilots (Captain and First Officer), 1 observer, 4 cabin crew, 6 off-duty crew members and 135 passengers on board. The airplane was destroyed due to impact forces with the Red Sea with no survivals.

The airplane had departed from Sharm el-Sheikh runway 22R and was air born at 02:42:33 UTC, approximately 2 minutes prior to the crash, and had been cleared for a climbing left turn intercept the 306 radial from the Sharm el-Sheikh VOR station located just north of runway 22R. This climbing turn allows departing flights to gain sufficient altitude before proceeding over higher terrain located along the flight path to Cairo. Flight 604 was operating in Egyptian airspace as a charter flight operating under the provisions of Egyptian Civil Aviation Regulations Part 121

No conclusive evidence could be found from the findings gathered through this investigation to determine a probable cause.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Uncontrolled Flight into Terrain
Other - Boeing 737 In-flight upsets
Consequence - Hull Loss
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In-Flight Fire And Impact with Terrain, Valujet Airlines Flight 592, DC-9-32, N904VJ, Everglades, Near Miami, Florida, May 11, 1996
Uncontrolled Descent and Collision With Terrain, United Airlines Flight 585, Boeing 737-200, N999UA, 4 Miles South of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, Colorado, Springs, Colorado, March 3, 1991
In-flight upset, United Airlines Flight 585, Boeing 737-291, N999UA, Uncontrolled Collision with Terrain for Undetermined Reasons, 4 Miles South Of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, Colorado Springs, Colorado, March 3, 1991


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