Accident description
Last updated: 21 September 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 29 December 1994
Time:15:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B734 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-4Y0
Operator:THY Turkish Airlines
Registration: TC-JES
C/n / msn: 26074/2376
First flight: 1992-09-25 (2 years 3 months)
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-3C1
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 52 / Occupants: 69
Total:Fatalities: 57 / Occupants: 76
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:4 km (2.5 mls) from Van Airport (VAN) (   Turkey) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Ankara-Esenboga Airport (ESB/LTAC), Turkey
Destination airport:Van Airport (VAN/LTCI), Turkey
Flightnumber: 278
Narrative:
Flight TK278 struck a hill at 5700 feet amsl while on a 2nd runway 03 VOR/DME approach in bad weather (900m visibility, reducing to 300m in driving snow).

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Scramble 188


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Distance from Ankara-Esenboga Airport to Van Airport as the crow flies is 902 km (564 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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