Date: December 25, 2003
Time: 1455
Location: Cotonou, Benin
Operator: Union des Transports Aeriens de Guinee
Flight #: 141
Route: Conakry, Guinea - Cotonou, Benin - Beirut, Lebanon
AC Type: Boeing B-727-223
Registration: 3X-GDO
cn / ln: 21370/1276
Aboard: 161   (passengers:151  crew:10)
Fatalities: 140   (passengers:132  crew:8)
Ground: 0
Summary: The B-727 was barely able to climb after taking off from Cotonou Airport. The landing gear struck a building housing electronics, crashed through the barrier fence and broke up along the shoreline adjacent to the airport. The plane was overloaded by 10 tons of cargo which was improperly distributed. The pilot was tried, convicted and sentenced to 20 years in jail by a Lebanese court.

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