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Date:Saturday 21 October 1972
Time:ca 21:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic YS11 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
NAMC YS-11A-500
Operator:Olympic Airways
Registration: SX-BBQ
MSN: 2155
First flight: 1971
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 36 / Occupants: 49
Total:Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 53
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) off Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH) (   Greece)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kerkyra-I. Kapodistrias Airport (CFU/LGKR), Greece
Destination airport:Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH/LGAT), Greece
A NAMC YS-11A-500 passenger plane, registered SX-BBQ, was damaged beyond repair in an accident at sea near Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH), Greece. Olympic flight 506 from Corfu carried 49 passengers and four crew members. Thirteen passengers and three crew members survived the accident.
Flight 509 took off from Kerkyra, Corfu at 19:55 for the over water flight to Athens. The airplane crashed in sea while approaching Athens in reduced visibility about 21:30.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water



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Distance from Kerkyra-I. Kapodistrias Airport to Athens-Ellinikon International Airport as the crow flies is 379 km (237 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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