Narrative:The Antonov was flying peacekeepers home who were returning from the NATO mission in Kosovo. The aircraft crashed 700 meters (2,300 ft) up in the snowy, forested, Borso Hill, some 20 km (12 miles) from the Kosice. Reportedly the pilot descended prematurely over dark terrain towards the lights of Kosice.
|Date:||Thursday 19 January 2006|
|Operator:||Slovak Air Force|
|C/n / msn:|| 97305605|
|First flight:|| 1969|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 35|
|Total:||Fatalities: 42 / Occupants: 43 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||near Hejce ( Hungary)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Departure airport:||Pristina Airport (PRN/LYPR), Serbia|
|Destination airport:||Košice-Barca Airport (KSC/LZKZ), Slovakia|
Weather at Kosice at the time of the accident (ca 19:30Z) was reported as:
LZKZ 191930Z 03010KT CAVOK M06/M12 Q1023 NOSIG= [wind 030 degrees at 10 kts, no cloud below 5000ft, >10 km visibility, no significant weather (CAVOK), temperature -6C dewpoint -12C, QNH 1023hPa, no significant weather]
A Commission of inquiry concluded that the probable cause was the "loss of situational and vertical orientation and non-compliance with the safety altitude." During the transition from instrument to visual approach to the airport of Kosice, the pilots apparently did not set the radio altimeter. They "probably underestimated the height of the terrain below the aircraft and its immediate vicinity."
» Z obce Hejce je smutná atrakcia (sme.sk)
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 Pristina Airport to Košice-Barca Airport as the crow flies is 673 km (420 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.