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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:Wednesday 28 February 1973
Time:22:52
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 24B
Operator:Polish Air Force
Registration: 012
C/n / msn: 97305702
First flight: 1969
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Szczecin-Goleniow Airport (SZZ) (   Poland)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW/EPWA), Poland
Destination airport:Szczecin-Goleniow Airport (SZZ/EPSC), Poland
Narrative:
An Antonov 24B transport plane of the Polish Air Force crashed while on approach to Szczecin-Goleniow Airport (SZZ), Poland. All 18 on board were killed. Amongst the casualties were Polish Minister of the Interior Wieslaw Ociepka and the interior minister of Czechoslovakia, Radko Kaska. They were part of a Polish-Czechoslovak delegation that was going to visit the Szczecin sea port.
The airplane lost altitude on final approach as a result of violent turbulence. It descended and struck the ground short of the runway. Ice accretion on the wings was considered a factor in the accident.

Sources:
» Katastrofa samolotu rzadowego pod Szczecinem (Wikipedia)


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Distance from Warszawa-Okecie Airport to Szczecin-Goleniow Airport as the crow flies is 433 km (271 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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Antonov An-24

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