ASN Aircraft accident Transall C-160D 50+63 Chania-Soúda Airport (CHQ), Crete
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Date:Sunday 9 February 1975
Type:Silhouette image of generic C160 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Transall C-160D
Registration: 50+63
MSN: D-85
First flight: 1970-05-25 (4 years 9 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 37
Total:Fatalities: 42 / Occupants: 42
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:24 km (15 mls) from Chania-Soúda Airport (CHQ), Crete (   Greece)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Hohn Air Base (ETNH), Germany
Destination airport:Chania-Soúda Airport (CHQ/LGSA), Greece
The Transall carried 37 West German soldiers to the NATO's missile base on Crete. It crashed in in stormy weather in snow-covered mountains at an altitude of about 5000 feet.


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Distance from Hohn Air Base to Chania-Soúda Airport as the crow flies is 2356 km (1472 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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