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EgyptAir Ilyushin Il-18 crash

Museum example of an Ilyushin Il-18
Accident summary
Date January 29, 1973
Type Crash on approach
Site Kyrenia Mountain Range
Passengers 30
Crew 7
Injuries 0
Fatalities 37
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Ilyushin Il-18D
Operator EgyptAir
Flight origin Cairo International Airport
Destination Nicosia International Airport

The EgyptAir Ilyushin Il-18 crash occurred on the 29th of January 1973. The turboprop ran the international route between Cairo International Airport and the now defunct Nicosia International Airport. All 37 people on board died.[1] It was the fourth accident, and the third with fatalities, involving the newly established EgyptAir.[2]

The plane crashed in the Kyrenia mountain range in Cyprus on its descent while approaching the runway from the north. The resulting explosion, about 12 miles (19 km) from Nicosia airport, resulted in a fire which was put out by the Cypriot National Guard.[3] The turboprop hit the mountain at an altitude of 783 metres (2,570 ft) (117 metres (380 ft) below the crest).[4] The black box of the aircraft was analysed in Moscow.[5]

Passenger nationalities were: 14 Britons, 7 US citizens, 2 Swedes, 1 French, 3 Egyptians, 1 Jordanian, 1 Canadian, 1 Irish. All 7 members of the crew were Egyptian.


  1. ^ "EgyptAir - 'pioneer of air travel'". BBC. 7 May 2002. Retrieved 2008-07-17.  
  2. ^ "EgyptAir accident summary". BAAA/ACRO. Retrieved 2008-07-17.  
  3. ^ Martin, Paul (January 30, 1973). "15 Britons among 38 dead as aircraft hits Cyprus mountain". The Times (London): pp. 1; Issue 58694; col F. Retrieved 2008-07-17.  
  4. ^ Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 2008-07-17.
  5. ^ Martin, Paul (January 31, 1973). "Pilot who hit mountain top told Cyprus airport he would fly in visually". The Times (London): pp. 6; Issue 58695; col D. Retrieved 2008-07-17.  


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