Definitions for "1978 Icelandic Airlines Crash"
The 1978 Icelandic Airlines crash occurred on November 15 1978 at the international airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka when Icelandic Airlines jet TF-FLA crashed on approach just short of the runway. The crash took the lives of 8 Icelandic crew members and 179 Muslim pilgrims on their way to Mecca, out of a total of 286 passengers and crew. The official report by Sri Lankan authorities gave the probable cause of the crash as being failure of the crew to conform to approach procedures.