Date & Time: Jan 2, 1988 at 1918 LT
Type of aircraft:
Boeing 737-200
Operator:
Registration:
D-ABHD
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Stuttgart - Izmir
MSN:
22635
YOM:
1981
Flight number:
DF3780
Country:
Turkey
Region:
Asia
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
5
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
11
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
16
Captain / Total flying hours:
7584
Captain / Total hours on type:
3500
Copilot / Total flying hours:
2736
Copilot / Total hours on type:
787
Aircraft flight hours:
19334
Circumstances:
On approach to Izmir, the aircraft was too low, hit obstacles and crashed in flames in a wooded area. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and all 16 occupants were killed.
Crew:
Wolfgang Hechler, pilot,
Helmuth Zöller, copilot,
LOthar Mühlmeister, steward,
Susan Epple, stewardess,
Susanne Kaltenbach, stewardess.
Passengers:
Zeki Aktaş,
Mübeccel Can,
Ethem Delinaslan,
Necla Demirel,
Tülay Yildiz,
Müslim Yildiz,
Mustafa Azur,
Hüseyin Vidinli,
Faruk Şimşek,
Tanza Akçif,
Sadri Yetmişbir.
Probable cause:
The accident was caused by a wrong use of the navigation aids on part of the flying crew. The cause was attributed mainly to the lack of adherence to the company procedures, especially in respect of crew coordination during approach and basic instrument flying procedures. At the time of the accident, the terminal radar was not available.