Narrative:The Antonov took off at 16:35 for a flight to Wroclaw. After passing the NDB, the flight was now descending towards the Outer Marker, Wroclaw Control Zone warned that the visibility had deteriorated to 800m (minimum = 1100m). The approach was continued and the aircraft passed the Outer Marker at 50-60m (instead of 225m). The pilot was then advised that the visibility had further deteriorated to 400m, but he still continued. At a height of 10m (700m past the Outer Marker) the wings struck treetops. Part of the right wing broke off and the aircraft banked 40deg to the right. The Antonov struck 2 30.000 Volt power lines, electric traction cables of a railway and slid on the ground, coming to rest on a road.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was attributed to the decision of the pilot in command to carry out an approach in weather conditions below the minimum limits prescribed for Wroclaw Airport and his non-observance of the prescribed altitude over the outer radio beacon while performing the approach procedure. The accident was the pilot-in-command's fault as well as the co-pilot's since the latter did not prevent the pilot-in-command from violating the flight rules."
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 107-AN/81 (242-246)
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Distance from Warszawa-Okecie Airport to Wroclaw-Strachowice Airport as the crow flies is 303 km (189 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.