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 no. 3 lost power, followed by engines no. 1 and 2. Then, at 3100 m, 45 km offshore, engine no. 4 also lost power.
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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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 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.