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Last updated: 22 March 2019
Date:Saturday 2 January 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-230 Adv.
Operator:Condor Flugdienst
Registration: D-ABHD
C/n / msn: 22635/774
First flight: 1981-06-15 (6 years 7 months)
Total airframe hrs:19334
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17A
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Seferihisar (   Turkey)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Stuttgart-Echterdingen Airport (STR/EDDS), Germany
Destination airport:Izmir-Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB/LTBJ), Turkey
The flight, with the co-pilot at the controls, was cleared to the Outer Marker (CU NDB) for an ILS approach to runway 35. After passing the NDB the pilots switched to ILS and thus couldn't verify their position in the procedure turn. The aircraft was outside the 35deg sector of the ILS centreline and the crew followed the wrong side beam. The crew descended to Outer Marker altitude and the 737 struck Dümentepe Hill, 10,5nm from the airport. The aircraft disintegrated and burned.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident occurred due to the wrong use of navigation aids. The cause is attributed mainly to the lack of adherence to company procedures especially in respect of crew coordination during approach and basic instrument flying procedures."

» FUS Flugunfall-Kurzbericht 2X0001/88
» ICAO Adrep Summary 3/89 (#6)


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Distance from Stuttgart-Echterdingen Airport to Izmir-Adnan Menderes Airport as the crow flies is 1831 km (1144 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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