Plane crash Yak-42 near Thessaloniki. 1997
Plane crash Yak-42 near Thessaloniki. 1997

Plane crash Yak-42 airline AeroSvit near Thessaloniki

  • Date of the crash: 17.12.1997, the

  • The time of the crash: 19: 13

  • Country plane crash: Greece

  • Place the crash: near Katerini

  • Type of aircraft: Yak-42

  • Join the aircraft: UR42334

  • Aviation company name: Aerosweet (Aerosvit)

  • Flight: 241

Chronology of events:

The Thessaloniki-Kiev flight was performed by Aerosvit Airlines on Boeing-737 aircraft. During the interim boarding in Odessa, abnormalities were found on board, which precluded the continuation of the flight on this aircraft. Aviation company: AeroSvit, without replacing the faulty aircraft with its aircraft, has signed an agreement with Air Lviv to lease a Yak-42 aircraft for the flight to Thessaloniki. The crew overtook the plane from Lviv and landed in Odessa in 15: 23. On Thessaloniki the flight was continued in 17: 23. After entering the control zone of Thessaloniki, the crew was given permission to approach and descend to the 16 band according to ILS and VOR / DME. The weather conditions were less than the minimum of the airport, but the clouds and the dark time of the day did not give the opportunity to survey the land. The crew dodged significantly from the approach scheme and at too high a height approached the airport and passed over it. In accordance with the records of the voice cabin recorder due to loss of orientation, the crew did not understand even this, only after learning from the dispatcher about the flight of the airport. The crew was instructed to go right turn up the climb to 1800 m on the airport radio beacon. The crew confirmed the instruction. In the cockpit at the same time, the confusion continued, which began even at the first approach to landing. As a result, the crew did not follow the established scheme of the missed approach and the right turn did not comply. The crew did not report on the loss of spatial orientation. Due to the lack of radar, dispatchers could not verify the information from the crew about their whereabouts. Being at a height below the safe outside the approach scheme, the plane in 19: 13 collided at a height of 1 050 m with the hillside of Pente Pigadia at 69 km to the southwest from the airport. The crash site was revealed after 3 days. During the searches, which took place in conditions of very poor visibility, another plane C-130 military = air force of Greece crashed.

Plane crash Yak-42 near Thessaloniki. 1997

Data on victims:

  • Total on board were people 70: 8 62 crew members and passengers. Total killed 70 people: crew 8, 62 passengers.

Details of the crash:

  • Phase of flight: a missed approach

  • Identified causes of the crash: crew error

Data on the plane:

  • aircraft Brand: Yak-42

  • ID of the aircraft: UR-42334

  • Country where registered aircraft: Ukraine

  • Date of manufacture of the aircraft: 1986

  • Serial number of the aircraft: 4520422606164

  • Hours aircraft: 12008

  • The cycles of use of the aircraft: 6836

  • Engines: 2253604401019 7083603001089

Flight data:

  • Flight: 241

  • Tour type: Regular passenger

  • Aviation Company: Aerosweet (Aerosvit)

  • The country in which the company was registered aircraft: Ukraine

  • Flying from: Odessa

  • Flying in Thessaloniki

  • Original item: Kiev (Borispol)

  • A final point: Thessaloniki

The details:

The findings, which investigated plane crash

1) The failure of the crew to perform the correct circuit missed approach and landing

2) The failure of the crew to use the correct equipment of aircraft and radio navigation aids, and interpret information displayed by them.

3) The crew of the loss of orientation is not reported.

4) After triggering system proximity warning with the ground for half a minute before the crash the commander did not immediately began to climb the maximum possible.

5) The lack of resource management between the crew, the crew interaction, confusion in the cockpit.

6) Issue not enough qualified and trained crew in a regular flight.