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Datum:maandag 22 juli 1974
Tijd:ca 02:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic NORA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Nord 2501D Noratlas
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Elleniki Polemikí Aeroporía
Registratie: 52-133
Constructienummer: D035
Bouwjaar:
Motoren: 2 Bristol Hercules 739
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 27 / inzittenden: 28
Totaal:slachtoffers: 31 / inzittenden: 32
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:3 km (1.9 mijl) van Nicosia Airport (NIC) (   Cyprus)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Chania-Soúda Airport (CHQ/LGSA), Griekenland
Vliegveld van aankomst:Nicosia Airport (NIC/LCNC), Cyprus
Beschrijving:
Turkey invaded Cyprus on 20 July 1974, after the Cypriot Government had been overthrown by sections of the Cypriot National Guard, led by its Greek officers five days earlier. On the evening of July 21, 1974 the Hellenic Air Force commenced a clandestine air-lift operation (Operation "Niki") using twenty Noratlas and ten C-47 Dakota aircraft in an effort to transport a battalion of commandos from Crete to Cyprus. However, the aircraft were erroneously engaged by Greek Cypriot anti-aircraft guns at Nicosia International Airport.
The first three aircraft managed to land. The aircraft with callsign "Niki 4" got hit by heavy AA fire, caught fire and crashed two miles before the runway.

Bronnen:
» Operation "Niki" 1974 - a suicide mission to Cyprus / by Mihail Solanakis
» Military operations during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus (Wikipedia)


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Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Chania-Soúda Airport en Nicosia Airport bedraagt 823 km (514 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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Noratlas

  • 359 built
  • 46e ongeval
  • 32e dodelijk ongeval
  • 2e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 4e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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 Cyprus
  • 3e zwaarste ongeval
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