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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:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Volos - Volos
MSN:
1111
YOM:
1990
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew departed Volos-Néa Anchialos Airport in the morning on a firefighting mission over Beotia. En route, the left engine caught fire. The crew attempted an emergency landing when the aircraft crashed in a wooded area located near Dervenochoria, bursting into flames. The aircraft was destroyed by a post impact fire and both pilots escaped with minor injuries.
Probable cause:
The left engine caught fire in flight for unknown reasons.

Crash of a Canadair CL-415-6B11 in Diliso: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jul 23, 2007 at 1546 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
2055
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
2055
YOM:
2001
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a fire fighting mission in the region of Diliso, on the Evia Island, with four other water bomber and two helicopters. While approaching the zone under fire, the aircraft struck the ground and crashed, killing both occupants.

Crash of a Douglas C-47 on Mt Dirfi: 17 killed

Date & Time: Feb 12, 1956
Operator:
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
17
Circumstances:
The crew left Elefsis AFB in Athens with military personnel, taking part to an evacuation mission following heavy snow falls. While cruising over the Skopelos Island, the crew reported unexpected problems and elected to return to his base. Few minutes later, the airplane hit the slope of Mt Dirfi (1,743 meters high) located in the center of the Evia Island. All 17 occupants have been killed.

Crash of a Junkers JU.52/3m off Eretria: 16 killed

Date & Time: Feb 21, 1944 at 1710 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D-AWAS
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Thessaloniki - Athens
MSN:
6561
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
16
Circumstances:
Christened 'Joachim Blankenburg', the aircraft left Thessaloniki Airport at 1620LT bound for Athens. Some 41 minutes later, the radio navigator informed ATC that he was returning to Thessaloniki. Five minutes later, he announced that pilot reduced his altitude, that he was flying over the sea at a height of 30 meters and that he was encountering technical problems with the engines. A Pan message was sent few seconds later and eventually, the aircraft disappeared four minutes later and probably crashed into the South Euboean Gulf. SAR operations did not find any trace of the aircraft nor the 16 occupants.

Crash of a Bristol 142 Blenheim I near Lamia: 3 killed

Date & Time: Dec 7, 1940
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
L1535
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
8818
YOM:
1939
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The bomber was returning to its base in Greece following an operation to Albania when it impacted the slope of a mountain near Lamia. All three crew members were killed.
Crew.
P/O Guy Inglis Jerdein, pilot,
Sgt James Ernest Barber, observer,
Sgt John Munro, wireless operator and air gunner.

Crash of a Bristol 142 Blenheim I in Khalkis

Date & Time: Dec 1, 1940
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
K7103
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
8056
YOM:
1937
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On 1 December 1940 three Blenheims from 30 Sqn RAF returning over the mountains to their Greek base from a raid on Valona ran into a severe front which caused ice to begin forming on the wings, badly affecting control of the aircraft. As conditions deteriorated further, the formation leader, Flt Lt Alfred Llewellyn Bocking, a Canadian in the RAF since 1935, started to consider whether or not the crews should all bale out. At that point however, a murky gap in the snow clouds was sighted and Bocking and another pilot managed to dive through it, emerging in clearer air between the whitened mountain-sides, and reached base. The third pilot, Sgt G. Ratlidge, became separated in the dive, so he attempted to climb over the cloud layer. However, at 20,000 feet his Blenheim I K7103 wallowed so badly that, despite full power and his strenuous efforts, it kept slipping back into the clutches of the cloud, taking on more ice, which soon blocked a carburetor air intake. One engine stopped, flipping the aircraft into an immediate spin in the cloud. Ratlidge ordered his crew to abandon the aircraft but the violent spin had flung the observer’s parachute pack into the well, way out of reach so he could not clip it on. The pilot and the air gunner decided to stay with him aboard the aircraft, which lost 13,000 feet and spun out of the cloud at 7,000 feet into a narrow valley near Khalkis with sheer mountain faces rising into the cloud on either side of them. The pilot recovered from the spin and on sighting a small but rough cultivated area made a successful ’dead-stick’ forced landing on to it - the only possible place to put the aircraft down for miles around. All three crew were safe. The Blenheim was not recovered.
Source:
http://aviationarchaeology.gr/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Bristol-Blenheim-losses-in-Greece-1940-1941.pdf

Crash of a Junkers W.33f in Tanagra

Date & Time: Jan 13, 1933
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D-2018
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Berlin – Thessaloniki – Athens
MSN:
2584
YOM:
1931
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew departed Berlin on a mail flight to Athens with an intermediate stop in Thessaloniki. On the leg to Athens, the crew lost his orientation due to foggy conditions and was unable to localize the airport of Dekelia-Tatoi near Athens. So, he decided to return to Thessaloniki when, at night, the aircraft crash landed in a pasture near Tanagra. Both occupants escaped uninjured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Breguet 19 in Lamia: 2 killed

Date & Time: Apr 27, 1930
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
1546
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances, killing both crew members among them Stefanos Tzagias, pilot.