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.
|Date:||Wednesday 28 February 1973|
|Operator:||Polish Air Force|
|C/n / msn:|| 97305702|
|First flight:|| 1969|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13|
|Total:||Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Szczecin-Goleniow Airport (SZZ) (Poland)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Departure airport:||Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW/EPWA), Poland|
|Destination airport:||Szczecin-Goleniow Airport (SZZ/EPSC), Poland|
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.
» Katastrofa samolotu rzadowego pod Szczecinem (Wikipedia)
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
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Distance from Warszawa-Okecie Airport to Szczecin-Goleniow Airport as the crow flies is 433 km (271 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.