Accident
Last updated: 21 April 2014
Status:Definitief
Datum:maandag 8 oktober 1979
Tijd:22:15
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-8-62
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Swissair
Registratie: HB-IDE
Constructienummer: 45919/312
Bouwjaar: 1967
Motoren: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 12
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 14 / inzittenden: 142
Totaal:slachtoffers: 14 / inzittenden: 154
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH) (   Griekenland) show on map
Fase: Landing (LDG)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA/LSGG), Zwitserland
Vliegveld van aankomst:Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH/LGAT), Griekenland
Beschrijving:
The aircraft touched down 740m past the displaced threshold of runway 15L (2240m before the end), following an ILS approach. The DC-8 touched down at a speed of 146 knots, decelerated but overran the end of the runway. The left wing and tail separated before the aircraft came to rest on a public road some 80m beyond the end of the runway and 4m below airport elevation. A fire broke out on the right side and spread quickly. All 14 victims died due to smoke or fire and were all seated at rows 21-26.
The DC-8 was called "Uri".


PROBABLE CAUSE: "(1) The crew touched down the aircraft too late, at a speed higher than normal after a non-stabilized final approach. (2) The crew did not fully apply the braking systems (wheel brakes and reverse thrust) particularly the wheel brakes after a touchdown under known adverse conditions, so that it was not possible to stop the aircraft at least before the end of the overrun area."
Note: the member of the Operations team of the Accident Investigation Committee had a different opinion from the rest of the Committee regarding the cause of the accident. That is:
"After a non-stabilized approach a too-late touchdown at an increased speed was not realized by the crew. Contributing was the fact that (1) the company's recommended technique concerning 'landing when braking action is less then good' was not followed by the crew. (2) Wheel brake application was not fully utilized by the crew at the proper stage of rolling after touchdown. (3) Reverse thrust application was not fully utilized by the crew at the proper stage of rolling after touchdown. "

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Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Genève-Cointrin Airport en Athens-Ellinikon International Airport bedraagt 1707 km (1067 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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