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Olympic Airways Belly Landing Early 80s?

Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:11 am

Talking to a few friends recently and they seem to recall that in the early 80s an Olympic Airways flight from Athens made a belly landing in Cyprus with no loss of life. I can't find any reference to it online and was wondering if anyone had any info on it. Perhaps they are miss remembering another incident. They are certain it happened in the early to mid 80s though.
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Re: Olympic Airways Belly Landing Early 80s?

Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:12 am

Best I could find was in 1962 wheels up landing at Paphos ... 18v-paphos
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Re: Olympic Airways Belly Landing Early 80s?

Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:58 pm

OA had an excellent safety record with jets. A 747 lost an engine taking off from Athens and was mishandled by the pilot, got very low (rooftop height) and slow (150 knots) over Athens but was able to recover. And check in staff at JFK one night ignored a family begging to put granny with lung condition travelling alone to Athens in the non smoking section, after take off the no smoking signs go off, 100 Greeks light up at once, granny dies. The second one is kind of horrible but let’s face it Air France have killed thick end of 1,000 people with jet aeroplanes so Greece should be proud their national carrier was safe.
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Re: Olympic Airways Belly Landing Early 80s?

Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:26 am

4th November 1980
Cyprus Airways
Canadair CL44 5B-DAN
Akrotiri RAF base

Training flight, undercarriage couldn't be lowered, so performed a belly landing on foam ... 19801104-0

Seems to be it... not Olympic though.
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Re: Olympic Airways Belly Landing Early 80s?

Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:58 am

No loss of life is pretty much normal for a wheels up landing despite the hysteria surrounding this type of event in some of the media
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