Criminal Occurrence
Last updated: 1 October 2014
Status:
Datum:Montag 22 Juli 1974
Zeit:ca 02:00
Flugzeugtyp:Nord 2501D Noratlas
Fluggesellschaft:Elleniki Polemikí Aeroporía
Kennzeichen: 52-133
Werknummer: D035
Baujahr:
Triebwerk: 2 Bristol Hercules 739
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 27 / Insassen: 28
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 31 / Insassen: 32
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:3 km (1.9 Meilen) von Nicosia Airport (NIC) (   Zypern) show on map
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Militär
Flug von:Chania-Soúda Airport (CHQ/LGSA), Griechenland
Flug nach:Nicosia Airport (NIC/LCNC), Zypern
Unfallbericht:
Turkey invaded Cyprus on 20 July 1974, after the Cypriot Government had been overthrown by sections of the Cypriot National Guard, led by its Greek officers five days earlier. On the evening of July 21, 1974 the Hellenic Air Force commenced a clandestine air-lift operation (Operation "Niki") using twenty Noratlas and ten C-47 Dakota aircraft in an effort to transport a battalion of commandos from Crete to Cyprus. However, the aircraft were erroneously engaged by Greek Cypriot anti-aircraft guns at Nicosia International Airport.
The first three aircraft managed to land. The aircraft with callsign "Niki 4" got hit by heavy AA fire, caught fire and crashed two miles before the runway.


Informationsquelle:
» Operation "Niki" 1974 - a suicide mission to Cyprus / by Mihail Solanakis
» Military operations during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus (Wikipedia)


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Distance from Chania-Soúda Airport to Nicosia Airport as the crow flies is 823 km (514 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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