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Last updated: 22 January 2019
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Date:Saturday 20 December 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed C-130H Hercules
Operator:Elleniki Polemikí Aeroporía
Registration: 750
C/n / msn: 4729
First flight: 1977
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Pastra Mountain (   Greece)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH/LGAT), Greece
Destination airport:Tanágra Air Base (LGTG), Greece
Narrative:
The Greek Air Force Lockheed C-130H Hercules was engaged in a mission to search for a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger plane of Aerosvit Airlines (UR-42334), that went missing on approach to Thessaloniki on December 17.
The aircraft hit a mountain while descending towards Tanágra Air Base.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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Distance from Athens-Ellinikon International Airport to Tanágra Air Base as the crow flies is 51 km (32 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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