1967 Nicosia Britannia disaster

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1967 Nicosia Britannia disaster
Globe Air Bristol 175 Britannia 313 at Schiphol.jpg
The aircraft involved in the accident, seen here at Schiphol Airport in 1965
Date 20 April 1967
Summary Controlled flight into terrain (CFIT)
Site 3.5 km South of Nicosia Airport
Aircraft type Bristol Britannia 313
Operator Globe Air
Registration HB-ITB
Flight origin Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok
1st stopover Colombo International Airport
2nd stopover Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (Bombay-Santa Cruz Airport), Mumbai, India
3rd stopover Cairo International Airport diverted to Nicosia International Airport
Destination Basel
Passengers 120
Crew 10
Fatalities 126
Survivors 4

The Nicosia Britannia disaster was the death of 126 passengers and crew on a Bristol Britannia of the Swiss airline Globe Air when it flew into the ground 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) south of Nicosia Airport, in Cyprus.[1]


The Britannia was operating a charter flight bringing tourists from Bangkok in Thailand to Basel in Switzerland with stopovers in Colombo, Bombay, and Cairo.[1] The flight stopped at Colombo in Sri Lanka and then Bombay in India with the next stop due to be Cairo.[1] The crew diverted the flight to Nicosia due to bad weather at Cairo.[2] The aircraft was on the third attempt to land on Runway 32 in a violent thunderstorm when it flew into a hill near the village of Lakatamia and burst into flames.[2]

At the time of the crash, both pilots had exceeded their authorized duty time by three hours. The flight's first officer had less than 50 hours flying time in Britannia aircraft.[3]

Two German (Christa Blümel and Peter Femfert) and two Swiss (Veronika Gysin and Nicolas Pulver) passengers survived; three of them were seriously injured and were treated at a United Nations field hospital near Nicosia, the fourth, Nicolas Pulver, was reported to be unhurt.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network
  2. ^ a b c "Britannia Crash Kills 126 – Cyprus storm disaster". The Times (56921). London. 21 April 1967. col D, p. 4. 
    "Man Unscathed in Cyprus Plane Crash; 126 Killed". The Washington Observer (Pennsylvania) (via Google News) (23995). AP. 21 April 1967. p. F5. 
  3. ^ Gero, David (1996). Aviation Disasters Second Edition. Patrick Stephens Limited. p. 72. 

Coordinates: 35°06′30″N 33°17′14″E / 35.10833°N 33.28722°E / 35.10833; 33.28722