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Crete / Κρήτη

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 Lockheed P-3 Orion in Chania

Date & Time: Sep 23, 1997 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
157320
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
185-5535
YOM:
1968
Flight number:
USAF320
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
22
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0

Crash of a Grumman C-1A Trader in Hania: 11 killed

Date & Time: Apr 2, 1982 at 1614 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
136787
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
USS Eisenhower - Chania
MSN:
40
YOM:
1957
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
11
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
11
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane departed USS Eisenhower cruising in the Mediterranean Sea bound for Chania Airport, Crete, with 11 crew members on board. While approaching Chania, the crew encountered poor weather conditions with storm activity, low clouds and a visibility limited to 2-3 miles. The airplane struck the slope of a mountain (426 meters high) located 4 km north of the airfield. Due to poor weather conditions and low visibility, the wreckage was found three days later. All 11 occupants were killed.
Crew:
Cdr Richard W. Beiser,
Lcdr Bruce L. Cook,
Ad1 Carter C. Kriz,
Mm2 Michael W. Davies,
Mm2 John C. Shabella,
Mm2 Brian E. Haley,
At1 Brian D. Laferty,
Az1 David E. Newbill,
Ae1 Michael A. Nichols,
Ame2 Kenneth R. Sorby,
Amh3 Miles T. Glover.

Crash of a Transall C-160D near Chania: 42 killed

Date & Time: Feb 9, 1975 at 1730 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
50+63
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Hohn - Chania
MSN:
D085
YOM:
1970
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
37
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
42
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Hohn Air Base in Schleswig-Holstein on a flight to Chania-Souda Airport, Greece, carrying 37 German soldiers and a crew of five who were to join a NATO contingency in Crete. The approach to Chania Airport was initiated in poor weather conditions with fog and snow falls. While descending to an altitude of 5,000 feet, the airplane struck the slope of Mt Kukules located about 24 km from the airport. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and all 42 occupants were killed.

Crash of a Grumman C-2A Greyhound off Chania: 7 killed

Date & Time: Nov 16, 1973 at 1148 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
152787
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
4
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Chania-Souda Airport, en route to a US Navy ship cruising in the Mediterranean Sea, the airplane suffered a double engine failure and crashed into the sea about 8 km offshore. Three crew members were rescued while seven others were killed.
Probable cause:
The exact cause of the double engine failure could not be determined. However, the assumption of a fuel contaminated by water was not ruled out.

Crash of a Grumman C-1A Trader near Chania: 3 killed

Date & Time: Nov 15, 1968
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
136764
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Chania - USS Wasp
MSN:
17
YOM:
1957
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in a short flight from Chania to the USS Wasp that was cruising offshore. Shortly after takeoff from the Souda Bay, while climbing, the airplane struck the slope of a mountain located south of the city. The wreckage was found at an altitude of 2,048 meters and all three crew members were killed.

Crash of a Lockheed P2V-6M Neptune in Heraklion: 10 killed

Date & Time: Nov 11, 1964
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
134663
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Bousfer - Heraklion
MSN:
626-6060
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
13
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
The crew departed Bousfer Airbase in Algeria on a long distance navigation training mission to Heraklion, Greece, on behalf of the Flotille 21.F based at Nîmes-Garons NAS, France. Following an uneventful flight, the crew was approaching Heraklion Airport when an engine caught fire. Control was lost and the airplane crashed few km from the runway threshold. Four crew members were injured and nine others were killed. The civil registration of the aircraft was F-XCUR.
Those killed were:
OE3 Henri Schimpf,
EV2 Pollard,
PM Brocard,
MT Le Bris,
MT Henry,
MT Didier,
MT Aguen,
SM François,
SM Jégou.
Probable cause:
Engine fire on approach.

Crash of a Vickers 634 Viking 1B off Heraklion: 3 killed

Date & Time: Aug 24, 1960
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-AMNK
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Birmingham – Nice – Brindisi – Heraklion – Cairo – Jedda – Aden
MSN:
210
YOM:
1947
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a cargo flight from Birmingham to Aden with intermediate stops at Nice, Brindisi, Heraklion, Cairo and Jedda. The departure from Heraklion Airport was completed by night from runway 27. Following a takeoff roll of 1,800 meters, the twin engine aircraft lifted off and continued the initial climb to a height of 100 feet when the crew encountered technical problems with the engines. The airplane bank left and crashed into the sea, killing all three crew members.
Probable cause:
The cause of the engine failure was not established but the most likely reason appears to be a defective fuel or ignition system. The reason why it was not possible for the aircraft to maintain safe flight after the failure of the engine remains unknown.

Crash of an Avro 652 Anson XI in Heraklion

Date & Time: Aug 29, 1946
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
PH753
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The approach was completed in strong cross winds. After touchdown, the aircraft went out of control, veered off runway and hit a ditch. On impact, the undercarriage were sheared off and the aircraft came to rest on its belly. Both occupants were unhurt while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Douglas C-47B-20-DK in Heraklion: 3 killed

Date & Time: Dec 14, 1945
Operator:
Registration:
43-49791
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
15607/27052
YOM:
1945
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Crashed on takeoff for unknown reason, killing all three crew members.
Crew:
F/Sgt Frank F. Giordano,
Sgt Robert P. Marin,
1st Lt Leon I. McCaskill.