Narrative:An Ilyushin 18V passenger plane was damaged in a belly landing accident in Cyprus. The airplane was en route from Bucharest-Otopeni Airport, Rumania to Tel Aviv, Israel via Nicosia, Cyprus. En route at 7000 m over the Mediterranean Sea while 70 km from the Cyprus' shore, engine nr. 3 lost power, followed by engines nr. 1 and 2. Then, at 3100 m, 45 km offshore, engine nr.4 also lost power.
|Date:||Saturday 24 February 1962|
|C/n / msn:|| 181003702|
|First flight:|| |
|Engines:|| 4 Ivchenko AI-20K|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: |
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: |
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 100 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Paphos (Cyprus)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Bucharest-Otopeni International Airport (OTP/LROP), Romania|
|Destination airport:||Nicosia Airport (NIC/LCNC), Cyprus|
The crew just made it to Cyprus and performed an emergency belly landing, reportedly on the grounds of a former RAF station near Paphos.
The aircraft was ferried to Moscow-Vnukovo for repair in November 1962, but was never repaired. It finally went to Ivanovo to serve as an instructional airframe.
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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 Bucharest-Otopeni International Airport to Nicosia Airport as the crow flies is 1204 km (753 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.