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Crash of a Canadair CL-215-1A10 in Dervenochoria

Date & Time: Jun 26, 2016 at 1109 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
1111
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
1111
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew left Volos-Néa Anchialos Airport in the morning on a firefighting mission over Beotia. En route, the left engine caught fire and the crew decided to attempt an emergency landing. The aircraft crashed in flames in a wooded area located in Dervenochoria and was destroyed by a post impact fire. Both crew members escaped with minor injuries.

Crash of a BAe Jetstream 31 in Heraklion

Date & Time: Feb 12, 2009 at 1825 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
SX-SKY
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Rhodes-Héraklion
MSN:
829
YOM:
1988
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
16
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On landing, the right main gear collapsed and the right blades hit the ground. The aircraft came to rest and was damaged beyond repair. Nobody was injured.

Crash of a Canadair CL-415 in Eubee Island: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jul 23, 2007 at 1546 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
2055
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
2055
YOM:
2001
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew was fighting a fire in the region of Dilesos, on the Evia Island, Greece. During flight, the twin engine aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances, killing both occupants.

Crash of a Canadair CL-215 into the Argosaronic Gulf

Date & Time: Jul 6, 2006 at 0930 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
1112
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
1112
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft was taking part to an operation over the Tzia Island. While returning to scooping into the Argosaronic Gulf, the aircraft hit a wave, crashed and sank. Both pilots were rescued by the crew of a Super Puma helicopter while the aircraft was written off.

Crash of a Boeing 737-300 near Athens: 121 killed

Date & Time: Aug 14, 2005 at 1203 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
5B-DBY
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Larnaca-Athènes-Prague
MSN:
29099
YOM:
1998
Flight number:
ZU522
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
115
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
121
Circumstances:
While cruising at FL340, contact was lost with the aircraft and its crew. Greek authorities decided to send two fighters F-16 to intercept the aircraft and both military pilots notified that the copilot of the B737 was unconscious. The aircraft continued its flight for a few minutes before crashing in a mountainous terrain located 40 km North of Athens. All occupants were killed. The crew did not follow pressurisation procedures and the aircraft was pressurized at the time of the accident.

Crash of a Cessna 421C Golden Eagle III off Rhodes

Date & Time: May 3, 2003 at 1235 LT
Operator:
Registration:
D-IWWW
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
421C-0042
YOM:
1976
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft suffered a double engine failure and the pilot attempted to ditch the aircraft off Rhodes. All occupants were rescued while the aircraft sank and was lost.
Probable cause:
Double engine failure for unknown reasons.

Crash of a Canadair CL-215-1A10 near Volos: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jul 15, 2000
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
1048
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Volos - Volos
MSN:
1048
YOM:
1974
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew departed Volos-Nea Anchialos Airport on a fire fighting mission over Mt Pelion, about 10 km northeast of Volos. While flying at low height, the crew was preparing to drop water when the right wing struck the ground. The aircraft crashed and exploded, killing both pilots.

Crash of a Tupolev TU-154B-2 in Thessaloniki

Date & Time: Jul 4, 2000 at 1657 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HA-LCR
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Budapest - Thessaloniki
MSN:
82A543
YOM:
1982
Flight number:
MA262
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
86
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
7420
Captain / Total hours on type:
7000.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
566
Copilot / Total hours on type:
566
Aircraft flight hours:
22409
Aircraft flight cycles:
13583
Circumstances:
Originally, flight MA262 from Budapest to Thessaloniki should be performed by a Boeing 737-300 HA-LES but due to technical problems, a Tupolev TU-154B-2 was dispatched. Following an uneventful flight, the crew was cleared for a VOR/DME approach to runway 34 followed by a visual circle to land on runway 28 as the runway 34 was closed to traffic due to construction works. Because a Boeing 757 slowed to vacate the runway after landing, ATC instructed the crew to extend the downwind leg for runway 28. For unknown reasons, the crew failed to comply with this instructions and performed 'S'. On final approach, the tower controller informed the crew that he forgot to lower the undercarriage. The captain increased engine power and initiated a go-around procedure but this decision was too late. The aircraft continued to descend and struck the runway surface in a gear-up configuration at 1657LT. The aircraft suffered substantial damages but the crew managed to go-around and to follow a holding pattern. A safe landing was completed at 1715LT. All 94 occupants evacuated safely while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Despite repeated instructions of the control tower the crew did not carried out a short turn for landing, resulting in:
- The aircraft was not aligned with the runway in time (unstabilized approach).
- Attention of the cockpit crew was to exclusively dedicated to performing sudden maneuvers at low altitude, in order to align the plane with the runway.
- Failure to lower the undercarriage in accordance with the applicable procedures for this flight phase.
Contributing Factors:
- The apparent inactivation of the audible warning when the undercarriage was not deployed.
- Lack of Cockpit Resources Management.
Final Report:

Crash of a Swearingen SA227AC Metro III off Rhodes

Date & Time: Jul 28, 1999
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
SX-BGG
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Athens - Rhodes
MSN:
AC-656
YOM:
1986
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On final approach to Rhodes-Diagoras Airport, while on a cargo flight from Athens, both engines failed simultaneously. The aircraft stalled and crashed in the sea one km short of runway. Both pilots were rescued while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Double engine failure for unknown reasons.

Crash of an Airbus A300C4-620 in Rhodes

Date & Time: Mar 24, 1999 at 1210 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
A6-PFD
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dubai - Rhodes
MSN:
374
YOM:
1985
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
19
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
252
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Dubai, the crew completed the approach to Rhodes-Diagoras Airport in rain falls and strong winds. The aircraft landed at a speed of 166 knots, about 22 knots above Vref. After touchdown, the ground spoilers did not deploy automatically because they had not been armed. Consequently the auto brake system, which operates by the deployment of spoilers, did not activate. The crew attempted manual braking but this operation was too late and the aircraft was unable to stop within the remaining distance. It overran, lost its undercarriage and came to rest few dozen metres further. All 271 occupants evacuated safely while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.