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Last updated: 18 September 2021
Date:Thursday 26 March 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-24V
Operator:LOT Polskie Linie Lotnicze
Registration: SP-LTU
MSN: 07306007
First flight: 1970
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 47
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 52
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 km (1.3 mls) from Slupsk-Redzikowo Airport (OSP) (   Poland)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW/EPWA), Poland
Destination airport:Slupsk-Redzikowo Airport (OSP/EPSK), Poland
The Antonov crashed after impacting a tree while on final approach to Slupsk-Redzikowo Airport in Poland.
The right wing separated after hitting the crowns of roadside trees. The plane banked right and impacted the ground with the right landing gear first and turned 180 degrees. Although a fire erupted, all but one of the occupants evacuated safely from the aircraft.

Probable Cause:

The probable cause of the crash was the wrong interpretation of the altimeter readings and / or its operation by the crew.

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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 Warszawa-Okecie Airport to Slupsk-Redzikowo Airport as the crow flies is 360 km (225 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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