Accident description
Last updated: 18 September 2014
Status:Final
Date:Friday 12 November 1999
Time:11:14
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT43 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
ATR-42-312
Operating for:United Nations - UN
Leased from:SiFly
Registration: F-OHFV
C/n / msn: 012
First flight: 1986-04-14 (13 years 7 months)
Total airframe hrs:24930
Cycles:32810
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW121
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:18 km (11.3 mls) NE of Mitrovica (   Serbia) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA/LIRA), Italy
Destination airport:Pristina Airport (PRN/LYPR), Serbia
Flightnumber:3275
Narrative:
The aircraft, owned by Si Fly but operating on behalf of the UN, World Food Program, departed Rome at 09:11 for Pristina, Kosovo.
The plane was at an altitude of 1400 meters and turning left with a 30deg bank when it was crashed into a hill (30% slope), 15 meters below the summit.
The weather conditions with Pristina were 5 000 meters horizontal visibility, a sky covered with 700 meters and a compact layer of clouds to 920 meters.


PROBABLE CAUSE: "The collision of Flight KSV 3275 with high ground was due :
- to teamwork which lacked procedural discipline and vigilance during maneuvers in a mountainous region with poor visibility.
- to the aircraft being kept on its track and then forgotten by a military controller unused to the mountainous environment of the aerodrome and to preventing
the risk of collisions with high ground, within the framework of the radar service he was providing.
- to the operator's critical situation as a new company highly dependant on the lease contract, favoring a failure to respect procedures.
- to the opening of the aerodrome to civil traffic without an advance evaluation of the operating conditions or of the conditions for distribution of aeronautical
information.

The following factors contributed to the accident :

- crew fatigue, favoring a lowering of vigilance.
- undertaking the flight with an unserviceable or disconnected GPWS.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» BEA
» UN

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA) - France
report status: Final
report number: BEA F-FV991112a
download report: Report on the accident on 12 November 1999 North of Pristina (Kosovo) to the ATR 42-300 registered F-OHFV operated by SI FLY (BEA F-FV991112a)
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Distance from Roma-Ciampino Airport to Pristina Airport as the crow flies is 696 km (435 miles).

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