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Last updated: 14 December 2017
Status:Offizieller Zwischenbericht
Datum:Sonntag 28 Oktober 2007
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-85P
Fluggesellschaft:Air Europa
Kennzeichen: EC-HBM
Werknummer: 28382/256
Baujahr: 1999-04-10 (8 years 7 months)
Triebwerk: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B26
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 8
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 114
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 122
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport (KTW) (   Polen)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Beirut Airport (BEY/OLBA), Libanon
Flug nach:Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport (KTW/EPKT), Polen
The Air Europa Boeing 737 sustained damage when it impacted approach lights before landing at Katowice, Poland.
The aircraft operated on a flight from Beirut, Lebanon. The first officer was pilot flying. Weather at destination Katowice was below minima as the flight began its descent to the airport. The flight was cleared for a LOC/ILS approach to runway 27. The glide path was intercepted 5.4 miles before the runway threshold, and 3 dots above the glide slope.
This forced the crew to execute a high speed descent at about 1600 to 1800 ft/min, which was more than twice the limit required for a stabilized ILS approach. The whole approach was performed with the autopilot engaged. The aircraft crossed the glide path at decision height. Due to the high speed of the descent the autopilot did not intercept the ILS signal, and the aircraft continued its descent. At this point the EGPWS alarm sounded, and a moment later the captain took over control. The plane then impacted the second row of lights of the approach light system, destroying the remaining lights at a distance of about 850 meters before the runway threshold. The aircraft landed safely, but sustained damage to the no. 1 engine and flap fairings.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: SCAAI Poland
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: 466/07
Download report: Preliminary report

» Boeing skosil swiatla na lotnisku w Pyrzowicach (, 28-10-2007)

METAR Weather report:
02:00 UTC / local time:
EPKT 280200Z VRB02KT 0300 R27/0500 R09/0600 FG BKN001 08/08 Q1027

02:30 UTC / local time:
EPKT 280230Z 00000KT 0300 R27/0500 R09/1000 FG BKN001 08/08 Q1027

03:00 UTC / local time:
EPKT 280300Z VRB02KT 0400 R27/0500 R09/1000 FG SCT002 BKN005 08/08 Q1027


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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 Beirut Airport to Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport as the crow flies is 2267 km (1417 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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