Accident description
Last updated: 2 September 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 8 December 1969
Time:20:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6B
Operator:Olympic Airways
Registration: SX-DAE
C/n / msn: 45540/1016
First flight: 1958
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 85 / Occupants: 85
Total:Fatalities: 90 / Occupants: 90
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:39 km (24.4 mls) SE of Athens (   Greece) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Chania-Soúda Airport (CHQ/LGSA), Greece
Destination airport:Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH/LGAT), Greece
Flightnumber: 954
Narrative:
The aircraft lost height and struck Mount Pan near the Sounion NDB beacon.
The crew attempted to avoid a wide thunderstorm area along the LGAT ILS approach path. The aircraft descended below the cloud base but experienced a CFIT.


Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Flight International 18.12.1969 (941)


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Distance from Chania-Soúda Airport to Athens-Ellinikon International Airport as the crow flies is 264 km (165 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.
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