Cypriot plane with 121 on board crashes in Greece
A Cypriot airliner with 121 people on board from Larnaca, Cyprus, crashed Sunday on a mountain on the Euboea peninsula, northeast of Athens, a traffic controller at Athens international airport told
Just before the crash, an airport official said the plane appeared to be flying pilotless.
"The airport lost all contact with the plane which should have landed in the late morning, and two air force planes sent up in reconaissance found it flying above the Euboea peninsula, but they saw the pilots doubled up in the cabin," Iannis Pantazaratos said.
"We do not know how the plane is flying. It is being escorted by the military planes and the airport is in a state of emergency," said Pantazaratos, traffic control chief at Athens airport.
The Helios airlines plane was reported to be carrying 115 passengers and six crew.
Flying may not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.
GLAGAZ From UK - Scotland, joined Feb 2004, 1988 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 48820 times:
Reuters is saying the same, very vague just now though. Surely if the pilot did collapse the other one would take over? Lets hope for a similar outcome to the recent incidents, ie many people surviving.
Neutrality means that u don't really care cos the struggle goes on even when ur not there, blind and unaware
Delta777Jet From Germany, joined Jun 2000, 1420 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 48608 times:
It was reported that the pilots are death and no body is in the cockpit. The aircraft is surrounded by air force jets who can look into the cockpit and the 737 is flying near Athens at the moment. God bless to them, hopefully the cabin crew has the code to access the cockpit.
ZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 47523 times:
German news station n24 just reported about the incident.
Eyewitnesses (including the F16 pilots) reported that the a/c smashed into the mountain with full speed. Debris are spread widely over the crash site.
The pilot obviously reported problems with the aircondition after takeoff in Larnaca, but the problem was considered to be rather harmless.
And then the news lady applied for the Pulitzer price when she declared that a technical failure can be excluded, and the only explanation is that hijackers entered the cockpit and shot the pilots down...