Date & Time: Jan 3, 2004 at 0445 LT
Type of aircraft:
Boeing 737-300
Operator:
Registration:
SU-ZCF
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Sharm el-Sheikh-Le Caire-Paris
MSN:
26283
YOM:
1992
Flight number:
FSH604
Country:
Egypt
Region:
Africa
Crew on board:
13
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
135
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
148
Captain / Total flying hours:
7443
Captain / Total hours on type:
474
Copilot / Total flying hours:
788
Copilot / Total hours on type:
242
Aircraft flight hours:
25603
Aircraft flight cycles:
17976
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff at night, the aircraft plunged into the Red Sea, about 15 km south of the airport. Nobody survived and the aircraft was totaly destroyed upon impact with water surface. On board were 133 French citizens back to Paris-Roissy-CDG Airport, plus one Moroccan, one Japanese and 13 Egyptian (crew members). Weather at the time of accident was good with excellent visibility, outside temperature of 17° C. and light wind. The plane made a right turn after takeoff and at an altitude of approximately 1,500 meters, it made a left turn to come back to the airport but lost height in 17 seconds, descending with a rate of less than 300 feet per minute. The crew did not send any mayday message.