The Ukrainian-registered Antonov 12 aircraft took off from Nis airport in Serbia with a crew of eight (8) and eleven and a half (11.5) tons of dangerous goods, the Civil Aviation Authority summarizes in a statement
The Civil Aviation Service (CAA) provided an official update on the crash of the Antonov 12 aircraft in the area of Kavala on Saturday, July 16, 2022, pointing out that the Accident Investigation and Flight Safety Commission (ASC) has been assigned to the accident.
The Ukrainian-registered Antonov 12 aircraft took off from Nis airport in Serbia with a crew of eight (8) and eleven and a half (11.5) tons of dangerous goods.
According to the flight plan he had submitted to the competent Serbian authorities, the aircraft would make a cargo flight to Bangladesh (Dhaka) with intermediate stops in Jordan (Amman) and Saudi Arabia (Riyadh).
It entered Greek airspace at 22:09 local time. At 22:37 the plane informed the Athens-Macedonia Area Control Center (KEPATHM) that due to a problem (operational reasons) it would not continue to its final destination and that it would return to the departure airport. At 22:42 flying east of Halkidiki he informed the air traffic controllers on the approach to Thessaloniki that he has a problem with engine number four (4) stating: may day fire in engine four. The CAA immediately declared a state of emergency by activating the relevant procedures provided for. At 22:45 the aircraft had a conversation with the Kavala control tower and informed that it was heading for an emergency landing. Landing permission was immediately given for Chrysoupolis airport in Kavala. At 22:47 the aircraft was lost from air traffic radars.
The Civil Aviation Service, as stated in the relevant announcement, informed the National Coordination Center for Search and Rescue about the danger situation and then about the loss of communication and the process of identification, search and rescue started immediately. At the same time, all relevant bodies (Fire Service, Greek Police, Civil Protection, Ministry of National Defense and local bodies) were mobilized for the loss of the plane’s position in the wider area of Kavala.
“The Accident Investigation and Flight Safety Committee (EDAAP) has taken charge of the plane crash,” concludes the CAA announcement.
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