KLM Flight 823

KLM Flight 823 was an air accident in 1961 involving a Lockheed L-188 Electra aircraft that crashed on approach to Cairo International Airport in Egypt after a flight from Rome in Italy. The crash killed 20 out of 36 passengers and crew on flight 823.

KLM Flight 823
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A KLM Lockheed L-188 Electra like Flight 823.
Date12 June 1961
SummaryPilot error
Sitenear Cairo International Airport, Egypt
Aircraft typeLockheed L-188 Electra
Flight originAmsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands
1st stopoverMunich Airport, Germany
2nd stopoverRome, Italy
3rd stopoverCairo International Airport, Egypt
4th stopoverKarachi, Pakistan
DestinationKuala Lumpur, Malaysia


The accident aircraft was an American built Lockheed L-188 Electra turboprop-powered airliner, registration PH-LLM, built in 1960.[1]


KLM Flight 823 took off from Amsterdam on 11 June on a flight to Kuala Lumpur with stopovers at Munich, Rome, Cairo, and Karachi. Twenty-nine passengers and seven crew were aboard the aircraft on the third leg of the planned schedule, between Rome and Cairo. At 04:11 local time, the aircraft was on approach to runway 34 at Cairo International Airport but struck high ground about 4 km (2.5 mi) south of the airport. The aircraft broke up on impact, with both sections catching fire. Seventeen passengers and three crew were killed.[1][2]


The cause of the crash of KLM Flight 823 was attributed to pilot error, being blamed on the pilot-in-command not paying sufficient attention to his instruments.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "ASN Aircraft accident Lockheed L-188C Electra PH-LLM Cairo International Airport (CAI)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  2. ^ "KLM Electra Accident". Flight, 22 June 1961, p. 881.

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