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Date:Sunday 19 September 1976
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-2F2
Operator:Türk Hava Yollari - THY
Registration: TC-JBH
MSN: 20982/1087
First flight: 1974-11-11 (1 year 10 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 146 / Occupants: 146
Total:Fatalities: 154 / Occupants: 154
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Isparta (   Turkey)
Crash site elevation: 1130 m (3707 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Istanbul-Yesilköy Airport (IST/LTBA), Turkey
Destination airport:Antalya Airport (AYT/LTAI), Turkey
THY Flight TK452, a Boeing 727-200, was destroyed when it impacted a hillside near Isparta, Turkey. All 154 occupants were killed.
The aircraft had departed Istanbul-Yesilköy Airport, Turkey at 22:45 hours on a VFR flight to Antalya Airport.
After passing the Afyon VOR, located 210 km north of Antalya, the flight crew requested a descent from FL250 to FL130.
At 23:11 hours, the crew reported seeing Antalya city lights with the 4000 m long boulevard and requested a direct runway 36 approach. Descent was continued until the aircraft impacted a hillside at 3700 ft (1130 m), near the city of Isparta, located 100 km north of the destination. It appeared that the pilot mistook the lights of a highway north of Isparta for the Antalya boulevard.

Navigational error
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain


photo of Boeing-727-2F2-TC-JBH
accident date: 19-09-1976
type: Boeing 727-2F2
registration: TC-JBH
photo of Boeing-727-2F2-TC-JBH
accident date: 19-09-1976
type: Boeing 727-2F2
registration: TC-JBH

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Istanbul-Yesilköy Airport to Antalya Airport as the crow flies is 481 km (300 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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