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Date:Saturday 18 July 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic CL44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadair CL-44D4-6
Operator:Transporte Aéreo Rioplatense - TAR
Registration: LV-JTN
MSN: 34
First flight: 1962-08-27 (18 years 11 months)
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Tyne 515
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:50 km (31.3 mls) from Yerevan (   Armenia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR/OIII), Iran
Destination airport:Larnaca Airport (LCA/LCLK), Cyprus
One of TAR's two CL-44 freighter planes was chartered through intermediaries to fly cargo from Larnaca (Cyprus) to Teheran (Iran). In fact, the airplane picked up a cargo of weapons at Tel Aviv and flew on to neutral Cyprus to continue its flight to Iran. The airplane was flying back to Cyprus on its third round trip and turned to a heading of 300 degrees to the Turkish border. It was then to turn left heading 240 degrees direct to Cyprus. The plane went off course to the north, taking the plane just into Soviet (Azerbaijan) airspace. Soviet fighters were scrambled to intercept the plane. According to Soviet accounts at that time the crew failed to respond to radio calls as well as signals from the Sukhoi Su-15 fighter pilot flying close to the CL-44's nose. The cargo plane, while probably making the procedure turn to the left, tried to get away. In an effort to bring down the plane, the fighter pilot steered his plane into the tail of the Canadair. Both planes crashed out of control but he ejected safely. Western aviation experts however think the pilot misjudged a turn and hit the airliner by accident.

Mid air collision
Loss of control

» Uncovering Soviet Disasters / James Oberg, 1988


photo of Canadair-CL-44D4-6-LV-JTN
accident date: 18-07-1981
type: Canadair CL-44D4-6
registration: LV-JTN

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 Tehran-Mehrabad Airport to Larnaca Airport as the crow flies is 1595 km (997 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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