Accident description
Last updated: 31 October 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Thursday 3 August 1989
Time:13:43
Type:Shorts 330-200
Operator:Olympic Aviation
Registration: SX-BGE
C/n / msn: SH.3083
First flight: 1982
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-45R
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 31
Total:Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 34
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:25 km (15.6 mls) WNW of Samos Airport (SMI) (   Greece) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Thessaloniki International Airport (SKG/LGTS), Greece
Destination airport:Samos Airport (SMI/LGSM), Greece
Flightnumber: 545
Narrative:
Flying VFR in IFR conditions, the aircraft approached Samos. Having deviated 4nm from the H-59 airway, the aircraft was manoeuvred on a collision course with some mountains while turning for a runway 09 approach. The plane, named "Isle of Minos", struck cloud-shrouded Mount Kerkis (1430m high).

Classification:
VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Flight International
» ICAO Adrep Summary 2/90 (#30)


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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 Thessaloniki International Airport to Samos Airport as the crow flies is 460 km (288 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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