ASN Aircraft accident Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle 10B3 OY-STK Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR) 
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Last updated: 24 September 2022
Date:Friday 15 March 1974
Type:Silhouette image of generic S210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle 10B3
Operator:Sterling Airways
Registration: OY-STK
C/n / msn: 266
First flight: 1970
Total airframe hrs:13773
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 92
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 96
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR) (   Iran)
Crash site elevation: 1208 m (3963 feet) amsl
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR/OIII), Iran
Destination airport:Kbenhavn-Kastrup Airport (CPH/EKCH), Denmark
The Caravelle was backtracking runway 29L when the crew were asked to expedite taxiing and clear the runway on the run-up area because of traffic on finals. While initiating a left turn at the end of the runway the right main gear collapsed. The right wing fuel tank ruptured and the escaping fuel ignited while the Caravelle slid for 90 m before coming to rest.
Evacuation of the aircraft was carried out through exits on the left side of the aircraft.

Probable Cause:

Causes: The right main landing gear failed as a result of the propagation of fatigue cracks in the lower right hand candelabre of
RIB 44.

Landing gear collapse
Runway mishap

» A Benefit Analysis for Cabin Water Spray Systems and Enhanced Fuselage Burnthrough Protection (CAA PAPER 2002/04)
» Aircraft Accident Report AIG/04B/80

Follow-up / safety actions

DAI issued 6 Safety Recommendations

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photo of Caravelle-10B3-OY-STK
accident date: 15-03-1974
type: Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle 10B3
registration: OY-STK
photo of Caravelle-10B3-OY-STK
accident date: 15-03-1974
type: Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle 10B3
registration: OY-STK

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 Tehran-Mehrabad Airport to Kbenhavn-Kastrup Airport as the crow flies is 3634 km (2271 miles).

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