NTSB Identification: DCA04RA016.
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Accident occurred Saturday, January 03, 2004 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Aircraft: Boeing 737-300, registration:
Injuries: Unavailable

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On January 3, about 0445 local time (0245 UTC), Flash Airlines flight 604, a Boeing 737-300, registration SU-ZCF, crashed into the Red Sea shortly after takeoff from Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport in South Sinai, Egypt. The flight was a passenger charter flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport, with a scheduled stopover at Cairo International Airport for refueling. The airplane was destroyed, and all 133 passengers and 15 crewmembers (including six off-duty crewmembers and one cockpit observer) were fatally injured.

An NTSB Accredited Representative and technical advisers from the FAA, Boeing, and Honeywell assisted in the investigation by the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation (MCA). The U.S. investigators supported the MCA throughout the investigation, including numerous meetings in Cairo, Paris, and Seattle.

The MCA's final report was released on March 25, 2006. In accordance with the provisions of Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the U.S. provided a submission on the MCA's draft final report. The U.S. submission and the MCA's final report are available by contacting NTSB Public Inquiries. In addition, the U.S. submission is available at the NTSB's website at http://www.ntsb.gov/events/2006/flashairlines/default.htm.

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