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Last updated: 23 July 2021
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Datum:Montag 22 Juli 1974
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic NORA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Nord 2501D Noratlas
Fluggesellschaft:Elleniki Polemikí Aeroporía
Kennzeichen: 52-143
Werknummer: D048
Baujahr:
Triebwerk: 2 Bristol Hercules 739
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Nicosia Airport (NIC) (   Zypern)
Flugphase: Stehendes (STD)
Betriebsart:Militär
Flug von:?
Flug nach:?
Unfallbericht:
Turkey invaded Cyprus on 20 July 1974, after the Cypriot Government had been overthrown by sections of the Cypriot National Guard, led by its Greek officers five days earlier. On the evening of July 21, 1974 the Hellenic Air Force commenced a clandestine air-lift operation (Operation "Niki") using twenty Noratlas and ten C-47 Dakota aircraft in an effort to transport a battalion of commandos from Crete to Cyprus. However, the aircraft were erroneously engaged by Greek Cypriot anti-aircraft guns at Nicosia International Airport.
The first three aircraft managed to land. The aircraft 52-143 ran out of fuel at or near Nicosia Airport. It was later destroyed on the ground.



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