Criminal Occurrence
Last updated: 26 October 2014
Estado:
Fecha:lunes 22 julio 1974
Hora:ca 02:00
Tipo:Nord 2501D Noratlas
Operador:Elleniki Polemikí Aeroporía
Registración: 52-133
Numéro de série: D035
Año de Construcción:
Motores: 2 Bristol Hercules 739
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 4 / Ocupantes: 4
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 27 / Ocupantes: 28
Total:Fatalidades: 31 / Ocupantes: 32
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:3 km (1.9 milles) de Nicosia Airport (NIC) (   Chipre) show on map
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Naturaleza:Militar
Aeropuerto de Salida:Chania-Soúda Airport (CHQ/LGSA), Grecia
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Nicosia Airport (NIC/LCNC), Chipre
Descripción:
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.


Fuentes:
» 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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