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Last updated: 2 August 2020
Date:Sunday 26 October 1947
Time:ca 17:30 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4-1009
Operator:AB Aerotransport
Registration: SE-BBG
C/n / msn: 42930
First flight: 1946
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 36 / Occupants: 36
Total:Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mount Hymettus (   Greece)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Istanbul-Yesilköy Airport (IST/LTBA), Turkey
Destination airport:Athens-Hassani Airport (ATH/LGAT), Greece
AB Aerotransport flight 1629. a Douglas DC-4, was destroyed when it impacted the western slope of Mount Hymettus while on approach to Athens-Hassani Airport, Greece. All 44 on board sustained fatal injuries.
The aircraft, named "Sunnan", operated on a flight from Istanbul-Yesilköy Airport, Turkey, to Stockholm-Bromma, Sweden with en route stops at Athens-Hassani Airport, Greece; Rome-Ciampino, Italy; Geneva, Switzerland; and Copenhagen-Kastrup, Denmark.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 46)


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Distance from Istanbul-Yesilköy Airport to Athens-Hassani Airport as the crow flies is 551 km (345 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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