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Crash of a Grumman E-2C Hawkeye in the Ionian Sea: 5 killed

Date & Time: Mar 25, 1993
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
161549
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
A082
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances in the Ionian Sea while completing a night maritime patrol flight. All five crew members were killed.

Crash of a Boeing 707-331B into the Ionian Sea: 88 killed

Date & Time: Sep 8, 1974 at 1140 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N8734
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Tel Aviv - Athens - Rome - New York
MSN:
20063/789
YOM:
1969
Flight number:
TW841
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
9
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
79
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
88
Captain / Total flying hours:
21960
Captain / Total hours on type:
7280.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
9139
Copilot / Total hours on type:
5311
Aircraft flight hours:
21733
Circumstances:
The four engine airplane departed Athens-Ellinikon Airport at 1112LT on a flight to Rome, last leg before the transatlantic flight to New York. While cruising at an altitude of 28,000 feet, the airplane went out of control, entered a steep dive and crashed into the Ionian Sea bout 80 km west of Kefalonia Island, Greece. Some debris were found floating on water and no survivor was found among the 88 occupants.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the detonation of an explosive device in the aft cargo compartment buckled and damaged the cabin floor in such a manner that one or more of the elevator and rudder system control cables was stretched and, perhaps, broken. The resultant displacement of control surfaces caused a violent pitch up and yaw and made the aircraft uncontrollable.
Final Report:

Crash of a Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon into the Ionian Sea: 7 killed

Date & Time: Jul 19, 1954 at 1630 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
MM80059
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Catania - Catania
MSN:
15-1591
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a training mission over the Ionian Sea when an engine failed in flight. The pilot lost control of the airplane that crashed into the sea about 72 km east of Punta Stilo, Calabria. The aircraft was destroyed and all seven crew members were killed.
Probable cause:
Engine failure in flight.