EGYPTIAN MINISTRY OF CIVIL AVIATION

FINAL REPORT OF THE ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION
Flash Airlines flight 604 January 3,
2004 Boeing 737-300 SU-ZCF Red Sea off Sharm El-Sheikh,
Egypt

report summary su-f040103a

Occurrence 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 2½ 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.

 

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