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Last updated: 13 June 2021
Date:Thursday 23 December 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-18D
Operator:Malev Hungarian Airlines
Registration: HA-MOI
MSN: 187010002
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:near Damascus Airport (   Syria)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Nicosia Airport (NIC/LCNC), Cyprus
Destination airport:Damascus-Mezzeh Airport, Syria
The Il-18 operated on a flight from Budapest (BUD) to Damascus (DAM) via Nicosia (NIC). On approach to Damascus the plane contacted a 759 m high hill with the landing gear. The crew maintained control of the airplane and landed safely at Damascus.

Forced landing on runway

» E-mail Ivan Rado (15-2-2007)


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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 Nicosia Airport to Damascus-Mezzeh Airport as the crow flies is 326 km (204 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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