Accident description
Last updated: 30 September 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Thursday 19 January 2006
Time:ca 20:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 24B
Operator:Slovak Air Force
Registration: 5605
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) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Pristina Airport (PRN/LYPR), Serbia
Destination airport:Košice-Barca Airport (KSC/LZKZ), Slovakia
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.

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."

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Reuters
» 24hodin
» Z obce Hejce je smutná atrakcia (sme.sk)


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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.
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