ASN Aircraft accident Fairchild F-27 TC-KOP Taurus Mountains
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 8 March 1962
Time:15:43 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild F-27
Operator:Türk Hava Yollari - THY
Registration: TC-KOP
MSN: 83
First flight: 1960
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Taurus Mountains (   Turkey)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Ankara-Esenboga Airport (ESB/LTAC), Turkey
Destination airport:Adana Airport (ADA/LTAF), Turkey
The THY F-27 took off from Ankara at 14:20GMT for a flight to Adana. En route the pilot reported passing Aksaray and estimated to arrive at Adana at 15:40GMT. At 15:28 the pilot reported at FL175 and requested a clearance to approach. At 15:40 the flight was cleared to 5000 feet and was asked to report crossing 8000 and 7000 feet. Nothing more was heard from the flight. It appeared the plane had crashed at 6800 feet amsl, some 47nm from the Adana radio range.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "According to reports received by the Incirlik tower, the aircraft should have been on the Adana radio range at 1540 hours and at flight level 175. In avoiding cumulus cloud, and associated turbulent conditions, the pilot was not able to keep track of his exact position or to maintain exact altitude."

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» ICAO Accident Digest No.14 Volume II, Circular 71-AN/63 (46-47)


photo of Fairchild-F-27-TC-KOP
accident date: 08-03-1962
type: Fairchild F-27
registration: TC-KOP

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 Ankara-Esenboga Airport to Adana Airport as the crow flies is 400 km (250 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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