Date & Time: Aug 29, 1973 at 0639 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Baghdad - Damascus - Nicosia - Prague
8 66 012 02
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
After touchdown on runway 14 at Nicosia Airport, the airplane deviated to the right then veered off runway and came to rest in flames about 150 metes from the runway end. All 70 occupants escaped, nine of them were injured. The aircraft was destroyed.
The failure of the pilot to stop the aircraft within the nominally adequate runway distance available and the subsequent entry of the aircraft into a right turn at high speed, as a result of which the aircraft was subjected to lateral centrifugal forces and side skidded off the runway.