Aerosvit Flight 241
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UR-42334 in service with Tiger Air in the mid-1990s
|Date||17 December 1997|
|Site||Pierian Mountains, Greece
|Aircraft type||Yakovlev Yak-42|
|Operator||Aerosvit – Ukrainian Airlines|
|Flight origin||Boryspil International Airport, Kiev, Ukraine|
|Stopover||Odessa International Airport, Odessa, Ukraine|
|Destination||Thessaloniki International Airport, Thessaloniki, Greece|
The flight and accident
Aerosvit Flight 241 was originally scheduled to be operated by a Boeing 737. The first sector of the flight from Kiev-Odessa was operated by the Boeing 737 but due to engine issues the aircraft was swapped to a Yakovlev Yak-42. The flight continued onwards towards Thessaloniki, Greece. As Flight 241 made its approach to the airport, the flight missed the instrument landing system (ILS) approach and had to perform a go-around. The crew were told to head north and hold for a second attempt. The crew failed to do the published missed ILS approach procedure and headed west-southwest, flying into the side of Mount Pieria at 3,300 feet (1,006 m). The crash killed all 70 passengers and crew.
A search party was formed when the flight went missing. The Greek Air Force helped out in the search for the wreckage.
On 20 December 1997, the wreckage was found, three days after the initial accident.
The flight was operated by a Yakovlev Yak-42, registration UR-42334. The aircraft first flew in 1986.