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.
|Datum:||Montag 22 Juli 1974|
|Flugzeugtyp:||Nord 2501D Noratlas|
|Fluggesellschaft:||Elleniki Polemikí Aeroporía|
|Triebwerk:|| 2 Bristol Hercules 739|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 27 / Insassen: 28|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 31 / Insassen: 32 |
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||3 km (1.9 Meilen) von Nicosia Airport (NIC) (Zypern)
|Flugphase:|| Annäherung (APR)|
|Flug von:||Chania-Soúda Airport (CHQ/LGSA), Griechenland|
|Flug nach:||Nicosia Airport (NIC/LCNC), Zypern|
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.
» Operation "Niki" 1974 - a suicide mission to Cyprus / by Mihail Solanakis
» Military operations during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus (Wikipedia)
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
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.