Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives
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Crash of an Ilyushin II-18V in Paphos

Accident description

  • Feb 24, 1962
  • YR-IMB
  • Flight
  • Charter (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
  • Yes
  • Plain
  • Bucharest – Nicosia – Tel Aviv
  • 181 0037 02
  • 1961
  • Paphos, Paphos
  • Cyprus
  • Europe
  • 8
  • 0
  • 79
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • The aircraft was performing a charter flight from Bucharest to Tel Aviv with an intermediate stop at Nicosia. En route at 7,000 meters about 70 km off the Cyprus coast, the power on engine one, two and three dropped. Shortly later, at an altitude of 3,100 meters about 45 km offshore, the engine number four also lost power. The crew elected to divert to Paphos Airport but eventually completed a wheels up landing in a field. All 87 occupants evacuated safely while the aircraft was considered as damaged beyond repair.
    Crew:
    Virgil Georgescu, pilot,
    Nicolae Anghel,copilot,
    Boris Ferderber, navigator,
    Mircea Trandafir, mechanic,
    Emilian Rotaru, radio operator,
    Viorica Huţanu, stewardess,
    Elena Frâncu, stewardess,
    Elisabeta Crâşmaru, stewardess.
  • Power loss on all four engine in flight.