Addd From United States of America, joined May 2007, 397 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5658 times:
Polish news channel TVN24 (http://www.tvn24.pl/-1,1536379,wiadomosc.html) reports the crash of Polish CASA C-295 military transport plane with 23 persons on board (presumably belonging to Polish military) during landing in northern Poland. Those on board are reported to be participants of "Flight Safety in Poland" conference.
Aircraft appears to have come down in/near a town called Miroslaviec, roughly half way between Sczeczin and Bygodcz (excuse spellings!). My Polish is very poor (almost non-existent), so I can't tell from this how many were lost, although the use of the word "Katastroph" suggests it has been a fatal accident.
Polish army plane in fatal crash
A military transport plane has crashed near the north-western Polish town of Miroslawiec, killing at least seven of the 18 people on board, officials say.
Fire service spokesman Pawel Fratczak told TVN24 the Casa C-295M came down in a wood while attempting to land at a Polish air force base, causing a fire.
The Polish Air Force said the plane had 14 passengers and four crew. Earlier, officials said 10 were on board.
The emergency services are continuing to search for survivors.
The BBC's Adam Easton in Warsaw says it appears the aircraft suddenly fell from a height of 200m (650ft), crashed into forest and burst into flames.
Difficult rescue operation
Bad weather is not thought by officials to have been a factor in the tragedy, which occurred about 2km (1.2 miles) from the airport.
Emergency service officials described the rescue operation as difficult due to the fire and restricted access in the forest.
TVN24 said the plane was carrying officials who had taken part in an aviation safety conference.
Miroslawiec is home to the Polish Air Force's 12th air base and it is believed all the passengers were military personnel.
The C-295M is a medium-range, twin-turboprop aircraft developed by the Madrid-based manufacturer, Construcciones Aeronauticas SA (Casa).
Boeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4394 times:
3km visibility and haze over the airfield. ILS inop., and the C-295 was restricted to approach radar. Interesting how the Air Force has stated that the ILS being out was not the reason for the crash. True in any event actually, be it weather related or pilot error. To lose all those base commanders and officers though.
Any of these transports seeing active service in Iraq or Afghanistan? At least they still have those An-26's.
Hopefully they'll get to the bottom of this quickly and the C-295's will be back in the skies again.