June 4, 2009 H.A.F. F-16C Block 50 CRASHES IN MOUNTAINOUS AREA
A H.A.F F-16C
Block 50 has crashed 8 n.m S.E. of Ioannina city in Epirus region, during a training flight at around 10.33 hrs local time.
serialled 059 ( 93-1059) belonged to 347 Sqn/ 111
CW, based at Nea Anhialos.The pilot ejected safely and was taken to the
251H.A.F. hospital for a check-up.Early reports suggest that the
aircraft crashed due to its engine suffering bird ingestion.
2009 DELIVERY OF THE FIRST 4 F-16C/D Blk 52+ OF PEACE XENIA IV TO GREECE
were held today at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, to commemorate
the F-16 Peace Xenia IV program for Greece. The ceremony marks an
important production milestone, demonstrating that the program is on
schedule and on budget. This F-16 acquisition is the fourth for the
Hellenic Air Force (HAF) and the nation of Greece.
Lt. Gen. Ioannis Giagos, chief of the Hellenic Air Force General Staff,
accepted the first Peace Xenia IV F-16 Block 52 advanced aircraft on
behalf of his nation and expressed satisfaction with its timely
The Peace Xenia IV purchase program raises the total fighters ordered
by the HAF to 170. The aircraft rolled out today is the first of 30
Block 52 Advanced F-16s being produced in the newest lot. The HAF
received the F-16 Block 30 version starting in 1988, the Block 50
version starting in 1997 and the Block 52+ version in 2003. Greece has
been a Lockheed Martin customer since 1943, when it acquired its first
squadron of Martin A-30 Baltimore Mk III, IV and Vs.
The Peace Xenia IV program includes 20 F-16Cs and 10 F-16Ds, all
powered by the Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 engine. This first
aircraft - a single-seat F-16C model - was accepted by the U.S.
government (as agent for Greece in the Foreign Military Sales process)
in January 2009, one month ahead of schedule. The U.S. government also
accepted the first two-seat F-16D version in January. The first four
aircraft will be ferried to Greece in May with the remainder following
in 2009 and 2010.(Emphasis added—Ed.)
NOVEMBER 05, 2008 HELLENIC ARMY AVIATION AH-64A ATTACK HELICOPTER CRASHES
Hellenic Army Headquarters has announced that on Wednesday November 5
at around 20.15 hrs local time an AH-64A attack helicopter (ser. No 1015) crashed in an
area NW. of Kymi town in Evia. The helicopter was participating in an
exercise and had taken-off from Tanagra Air Force base. Both crew
(Major Skouras Dimitrios aged 36 and captain Kakabakos Athanasios aged
33) were killed in the accident.
JUNE 06 2008 H.A.F McDD RF-4E DAMAGED IN EMERGENCY LANDING
A McD-D RF-4E Phantom II of 348 Rec. Sqn. of the Hellenic Air Force (ser.no 71763)
made an emergency landing on the island of Santorini, after a
hydraulics failure.The aircraft was taking part in an exercise.During
landing the aircraft skidded off the runway and ended-up in a nearby
vineyard.The crew abandoned the aircraft safely and was taken to the
Air Force hospital for examination.
MARCH 18 2008 HELLENIC ARMY AVIATION UH-1H HELICOPTER CRASHES
A Bell UH-1H "Huey"helicopter with the code ΕΣ 822 (66-16487, c/n 8681) of Hellenic Army Aviation crashed today in northern Greece close to
Thessaloniki , killing three officers on board, in an accident
authorities are attributing to mechanical failure.
helicopter, crashed in a wheat field around 30
kilometers east of Thessaloniki, close to the village of Vassiloudi.
The helicopter was on a flight to the military base of Rentina and had nearly reached its destination, police said.
Firefighters found the bodies of the three officers, aged 24, 28 and 33, in the charred remains of the helicopter.
2006, four Greek army staff died when their Bell UH-1H Huey
crashed in a field in the north of the country while on a training
Multipurpose helicopters, Hueys are among the oldest
aircraft used by Greek forces.
DECEMBER 05 2007 H.A.F. F-16C Block 52+ CRASHES INTO THE SEA
A H.A.F F-16C
Block 52+ has crashed into the sea during night-time exercises 20 n.m.
south of Mt.Athos, near the firing range of Psathoura.The aircraft
serialled 99-1516 piloted by 35 year old captain Athanasios
Batsaras, disappeared from radar screens at 19.41 hrs.A search and
rescue operation was launched, in which 3 Super Puma helicopters, a
C-130H aircraft and Coast-Guard and naval vessels took part.
Later the body of the pilot was recovered by a Turkish Navy frigate
which was assisting in the S.A.R. operation.At 22.31 hrs a H.A.F. Super
Puma helicopter landed on the Turkish vessel and received the body of
The F-16C was built on August 29, 2003 , had entered service with the
H.A.F. on October 2, 2003 and had logged 442 flying
JULY 23, 2007 H.A.F. CANADAIR CL-415MP CRASHES
A H.A.F CL-415MP
firefighting aircraft crashed on Monday July 23d near Styra town, in
Evia.The aircraft was taking part in the fight against a big fire in
the area, among other aircraft, helicopters and ground forces.
The pilot Captain D.Stoilidis and co-pilot Lieutenant I.Hatzoudis were
both killed.There are no indications as for the cause of the crash.
Loss of engine power or stalling are suspected.
MARCH 23, 2007 RECOVERY OF PART OF A GERMAN JUNKERS 88
of part of a German Junkers 88 off Larissa Bay, Greece “66 years after being shot down, the tail of a Ju-88 is
retrieved for the HAF Museum” According to the Hellenic Air Force
official site (www.haf.gr), on 23 March 2007, a trawler dragged a WW II
historical aircraft along the sea floor off Larissa Bay at a depth of
120 metres. Its captain attempted to raise the wreck with the boat’s
crane albeit most of it was cut and separated. As a result, only the
tail eventually emerged leaving the rest of it at the bottom. Upon arrival at Salonica harbour the
captain handed the wreck to the Hellenic Air Force Museum personnel,
who had already rushed there. Immediately after the plane’s tail came
ashore, HAF museum technicians began to treat and clean it in order to
prevent deterioration due to its exposure to the atmospheric air. The
wreck has been transported to the HAF Museum at Dekhelia Air Base,
Athens, where restoration has already commenced. A preliminary inspection suggested that
the tail belonged to a Luftwaffe twin engined, 4-seater, bomber Junkers
88. The unexpected discovery of a “crash tag” located on the trailing
edge of the right horizontal (which reads: Junkers 4051
888…) duly confirmed the initial guestimate. According to the “Hugo Junkers
Homepage”, the prototype Ju-88 performed its first flight in 1936. Line
production commenced in 1938 and mass production in 1940. During the
following 6 years a total of 15.000 Ju-88s were built. The standard
bomber version of the Ju-88 was built as the “A”-series, in which
possibly the recovered Ju-88 belongs to. According to initial information, the
aircraft was probably shot down in April 1941 during the air operations
of the German invasion to Greece. By that time the Royal Hellenic
Air Force (RHAF), having fought gallantly during the
Hellenic-Italian War and left with only very few aircraft, was called
to face the overwhelming superiority of the Luftwaffe, which had at its
disposal over 1.000 aircraft for this campaign. According to “Hellenic
Wings: An Illustrated history of the HAF and its Precursors” (G.J.
Beldecos, 1999), the RHAF, during the three-week war against the
German Air Force undertook a total of 180 missions focussing on air
attacks on enemy ground forces in support of the Hellenic Army. RHAF
pilots claimed shooting down two German Henschel 126s and a Dornier 17.
Alongside the RHAF fought seven bomber and fighter Squadrons of the
Royal Air Force, which contributed a great deal by undertaking hundreds
of reconnaissance and strategic bombing sorties aiming at destroying
enemy’s ports of disembarkation and communication lines in order to
delay Wehrmacht’s rapid advance to the Eastern
Based on available historical sources, the
recovered part of the JU-88 belonged either to no 30 Bomber Wing
(KG30), 51 Bomber Wing (KG 51) or 1 Training Wing (LG1) being either
(Wreknr 8135, 4D+JR), (Wreknr 6322) or (Wreknr 3291, L1+UH). Initial
information suggests that the Ju-88 in question was most probably shot
down between 11-16 April by RAF no. 33 Squadron Hurricanes. It should
be stressed at this point that the aforementioned are only indicative.
Full verification of the aircraft subtype, the names of the crew and
their fate will only become possible if the aircraft’s tactical or
construction numbers (Wreknr) are ever revealed.
According to the “Hugo Junker
Homepage”, only 35 Ju-88 wreckages have survived worldwide, of which 13
belong to aircraft which have suffered massive damages during their
emergency landing or crash. Some of them have been recovered from their
crash sites and their parts are stored or exhibited at various Air
Force Museums. Only two complete Junkers 88s are currently on display
wordwide: at the RAF Museum, Hendon, and the USAF Museum, Dayton. The
Deutsches Technikmuseum in Berlin has the wreckage of two Ju-88s, which
are currently under restoration. Other Air Force Museums worldwide
exhibit only parts of original aircraft or have built replicas
incorporating available genuine parts. Taken into account the above, it
becomes evident that even the recovered tail per se is considered of
significant historical importance. Within the wider programme of salvage of
important historical aircraft, the HAF Museum is currently evaluating
all available information in order to determine the feasibility of its
salvage and subsequent restoration with view to become one of the few
Museums in the world exhibiting three versions of Junkers: a Ju-52/3m,
a Ju-87 STUKA and a Ju-88 bomber.
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2007 HAF MIRAGE
2000CG CRASHES A H.A.F. Mirage
2000CG fighter belonging to 332 Sq/114 Wing at Tanagra, crashed into Mount Chtypas near the Gulf of
Evia, today at13.22 hrs. The pilot Lieutenant Vasilios
Doukas, managed to eject
from the aircraft before the the crash.
The aircraft, which was on a training flight, took off from Tanagra air
base. The pilot reported engine trouble almost immediately
after takeoff and despite his efforts, he lost control of the aircraft
which crashed soon after.
BOEING BEGINS DELIVERY OF NEW AH-64DHA APACHE LONGBOWS FOR GREECE
The Boeing Company has
begun the delivery
process for 12 new AH-64DHA Apache Longbow helicopters being produced for the Hellenic Army
in Greece. The aircraft are
part of a combined Foreign Military Sales agreement with the U.S. Army
and direct commercial agreement with Boeing. All of Greece's
next-generation Apaches will be delivered this year. In addition to
its new Apache Longbows, the Hellenic Army operates a fleet of AH-64A
Apaches, which have been in service in Greece for the past decade.
OF HAF PARATROOPERS WITH 31 LUFTLANDE BRIGADE
9-13 Οctober 2006 HAF paratroopers (Underwater Operations Team/ΚΟΣΥΘΕ)
co-trained with 272 Airmobile Support Battalion of 31 Luftlande Brigade
at Wildeshausen, Germany.
co-training included T-10 static line descents from C-160 Τransall,
free-fall training and shooting with the Brigades light arms: G-36,
MG-3 and P-8.
it is customary and according to the German Army’s regulations, HAF
paratroopers were awarded German parachute wings in various classes
(including one in gold) by the Commander of the “Division Spezielle
Operationen”. Following the successful fulfilment of relevant
requirements, HAF personnel were also awarded the German Army Shooting
Badge (Schützenschnur) in Gold and Silver.
the last years, HAF paratroopers (31 Special Operations Squadron and
Underwater Operations Team) have also conducted co-training with the 26
Luftlande Brigade and the 2ο Regiment Etranger de Parachutistes at
OCTOBER 20, 2006 337 ALL WEATHER
The Hellenic Air Force has announced the re-activation of 337 Squadron
which was temporarily disbanded and its aircraft (McDD F-4E SRA)
withdrawn from service, in December 2005.A ceremony took place in 110
CW at Larissa AF base to commemorate the event.The leadership of the
HAF was present at the event.The newly re-activated Squadron has
received F-16 Block
2006 THE REPORT OF THE
INVESTIGATION ON THE HELIOS AIRWAYS AIRLINER CRASH IS PUBLISHED A series of human
errors on the ground and inside the cabin led to the August 2005 crash
of a Cypriot Helios Airways airliner that killed all 121 people on
board, a commission investigating the accident has said in its final
It said the pilots did not realise that the cabin's
pressurisation selector had been left in manual position during
pre-flight inspection, and failed to identify an automatic warning of
the problem in the cockpit of the Boeing 737.
But the Greek investigators also apportioned blame to the airline, the
Cypriot regulatory authorities and to Boeing.
The plane manufacturer had taken "ineffective" measures in response to
previous pressurization incidents in the particular type of aircraft,
the report said.
It said Helios was found to have "deficiencies" in its organisation,
while the Cypriot regulatory authority was accused of "inadequate
execution of its safety oversight responsibilities."
The airliner crashed near Athens on August 14, 2005 during a flight
from Larnaca to Prague, in the worst air accident recorded in Greece.
The international air industry had been eagerly awaiting the report
into the accident as the Helios disaster is one of the most puzzling in
The plane flew on auto-pilot for nearly two hours before running out of
fuel, with the two pilots somehow incapacitated soon after the aircraft
departed from Larnaca airport in Cyprus.
OCTOBER 5, 2006 A JUNKERS JU-87 "STUKA" IS
THE THE SEA NEAR RHODOS ISLAND
5, 2006, the HAF Underwater Operations Team (KΟΣΥΘΕ)
successfully carried out the salvage of a Luftwaffe Ju87D-3/Trop Stuka,
from a depth of 15 metres, half a mile off the coast of Prassonisi at
Rodos (Rhodes) island.
According to a combination of available historical data, it appears
that the aircraft is most probably S7+GM (100375), crewed by Lt. Rolf
Metzger & Uffz. Hans Sopnemann - both MIA), which was shot down on
9 October 1943.
On that very day the II/St.G. 3 lost a total of nine Ju 87D-3/Trop
when they were intercepted during their mission against Royal Navy and
Hellenic Navy ships in the Aegean. Of these nine, seven crashed into
the sea and two made emergency landings on Rodos. A week before, German
troops had landed on the island of Kos, which fell the next day. On 9
October 1943, HMS cruiser "Carlisle" and other destroyers, returning
from a sweep west of Kos, were dive-bombed SW of Rodos Island by a
formation of Ju-87 Stukas. "Carlisle" was seriously damaged and HMS
destroyer "Panther" was sunk. Most of her crew were saved by the RHN
destroyer "Miaoulis", which has also claimed firing against the Ju-87
formation and probably hit a couple of them.
According to information supplied by HAF Museum experts, from a
first inspection of the fuselage, it is suggested that the aircraft has
most probably been hit by aircraft fire. In this case, a plausible
explanation is that it was downed by P-38s (Ligtning) belonging to
USAAF 37th Fighter Squadron, led by the famous double Ace Major William
Leverette. On that same day, seven P-38s on a mission to protect RN
warships in the Mediterranean sighted a formation of 30 German Ju-87
dive bombers. Following fierce dogfights, 37th Sq has claimed downing
several Luftwaffe Stukas and a Ju-88.
Almost sixty years after her loss, in October 2004, the wreck was
caught to the net of the fishing boat "Konstantinos" belonging to
Captain Spyros Varvaris from Kalymnos Island, seven miles off the
southern cape of Rodos. It was then dragged all the way to shallow
waters and the incident was reported to the Hellenic Coast Authorities.
Given the historical importance of the aircraft, the HAF General Staff
decided to proceed to its salvage. The precise position of the wreck
was pointed out by diver Yannis Glinatsis, resident of Rodos. Following
this, the aircraft was videotaped by the HAF divers in order to
determine the optimum salvage method. Technical drawings were made
available by the HAF Museum,
while HAF experts suggested the strongest points, from which the
aircraft could safely be suspended and lifted. All these were taken
into consideration by the HAF diving engineers, who have more than 20
years accumulated experience in salvage and deep submergence
operations, including the successful salvage of a RAF Blenheim in 1996
at Crete (and another one at Prespes Lake), a Ju-52/3m off Leros
Island, not to mention several modern fighters, fire-fighters and
helicopters (including a CH 47/D from the unprecedented depth of 960
metres!). All the above led to an exceptionally precise weighing of the
A/C, which was smoothly lifted from the seabed intact.
Soon after the aircraft was brought to the surface, the HAF Museum
technicians took care of her. The plane was washed with water and
special chemicals were applied in order to avoid corrosion due to
exposure to the atmospheric air. Following this, the aircraft will be
taken to the local airfield of Maritsa, where first degree restoration
will be applied. The outer parts of the wings will properly be
dismantled and the plane will be shipped to the HAF Museum at Dekeleia
Air Base, Tatoi, where a full restoration programme will be carried
out. It is anticipated that the Stuka will be available for viewing
during the HAF Celebration Day on 8 November 2006 which this year is
dedicated to the participation of HAF in WWII.
2006 HAF A-7E
CORSAIR II CRASHES
A HAF A-7E Corsair II aircraft crashed soon after take-off from
116 CW airbase at Araxos at 13.30 hrs. Wednesday September 20. The
pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Petros Hatziris
ejected safely. There were no injuries
on the ground.The cause of the crash was not immediately
clear, but is investigated.
MAY 23, 2006 HAF
F-16C COLLIDES IN MID-AIR WITH TURKISH AIRCRAFT OF SAME TYPE
Tuesday May 23 at 12.45 hrs, a HAF F-16CBlk52+ (No 514) of 343
Sq./115CW, collided with an
F-16C of THK, during an interception of the latter by the former, 8 n.m
off Karpathos island. Both
aircraft crashed into the sea 21 nm s.e. of the island. The Turkish
ejected safely, but the Greek pilot Flt L. Konstantinos Iliakis was
search and rescue operation was launched and a HAF Super Puma
helicopter was at
the crash site immediately. It located the Turkish pilot in the water
hovered nearby awaiting instructions. The Turkish airman was finally
by a Panamenian cargo vessel participating in the rescue operations.The
for the Greek pilot continued without results.
APRIL 25, 2006 HAF RF-4E
Α Hellenic Air Force RF-4Ε
Phantom crashed shortly before 11:00,on Tuesday April 25, 5 nm
from the runway of 110 CW
airfield near Larisa.
The aircraft developed problems in its hydraulics
and the two crew successfully used their ejection seats.The causes of
the crash are being investigated by a committee of experts.
APRIL 15, 2006 HAF MIRAGE
Mirage 2000CG fighter disappeared on Friday April 14, five
having taken off from Tanagra Air base along with a second two seater
aircraft of the same type.The Mirage disappeared from radar screens at
09:02 hrs,while it was flying over the Corinthian Gulf.
Soon after takeoff, the pilot reported a failure in the aircraft’s
computer. A sea, land and air operation was launched to
locate the aircraft, the search mainly concentrating in the
Yliki-Elikonas-Galaxidi area.Three helicopters, a C-130 aircraft, a
Navy surveillance ship,
a torpedo boat and coast-guard craft were assisting in the operation.
The two aircraft were en route to Italy, where they were to take part
The Mirage jet, was located crashed, by foot troops with trained
dogs 20 miles
northwest of the Tanagra military airport on Saturday April 15, after
overnight searches. The pilot's (Flight Lieutenant Pantelis Gelis) body
was found inside the aircraft. Land Search and Rescue teams located at
09:08 CET small parts of the
aircraft at an area west of lake Paralimni at an altitude of 1,000
Investigation Committee is looking into the exact causes and conditions
of the crash.
20, 2006 GREEK ARMY HUEY CRASHES KILLING FOUR A
Greek Army UH-1H Huey military helicoptert crashed in the northern
prefecture of Pella on Monday night, February 20, killing all four army
helicopter had taken off from a military base at Alexandria, in the
prefecture of Imathia, at 7.30 p.m. on Monday and had disappeared from
radar screens shortly after 8 p.m., according to authorities, who said
that the helicopter crew had not reported any problems during their
last communication a few minutes before the crash.Experts
said the likeliest cause of the accident was mechanical failure, as
weather conditions had been good and there had been no visibility
coroner confirmed that all four armed forces staff aboard the doomed
helicopter, which had been on a night-time training exercise, had died
instantly, apparently from injuries sustained during impact. The crash
victims were identified as army air force captain Christos Karypidis
and three non-commissioned officers, Ilias Karabas, Adam Adamopoulos
and Constantinos Fotiadis. Karypidis and Karabas had logged 2,939 and
2,273 flight hours respectively.
DECEMBER 16, 2005 337
SQUADRON IS DE-ACTIVATED AND ALL F-4E SRA AIRCRAFT ARE WITHDRAWN
Hellenic Air Force has decided the temporary de-activation of
337th all-weather squadron and the retirement of the last F-4E SRA
(Southeastern Regional Agreement) aircraft.The Squadron will be
again operational when it starts to receive its new F-16C/D Blk 52+
during 2006.The event was marked by a ceremony held at Larissa Air
Force Base and with a four-ship overflight in which
the Minister of defence and former F-4 pilot, S.Spiliotopoulos
2005 GREECE DECIDES TO BUY MORE F-16s
Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence (KYSEA) on Tuesday
accepted an offer for the supply of 30 F-16 Block 52+ fighter aircraft
from the United States through a bilateral agreement between the Greek
and U.S. governments.
deal, which also provides for offset benefits on an operational level
that include contracts for the domestic defence industry, was
unanimously approved during a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Costas
Minister Spilios Spiliotopoulos said that the total cost of the
programme will come to €1.625 billion and also cover support needs of
60 aircraft of the same type purchased under a previous programme under
a contract signed in 2000.
The minister stressed, meanwhile,
that the necessary bank guarantees had been obtained for the first time.
decision on Tuesday ensured the absence of middlemen from the specific
contract and reaffirmed the government's commitment to transparency in
armed forces' procurements, he added, while noting that the additional
aircraft would preserve the balance of forces in the region.
down the cost of the programme, Spiliotopoulos said that €1.1 billion
represented the cost of the 30 aircraft, while the cost of supporting
these and the other 60 aircraft purchased under the previous programme
would come to €525 million.
new aircraft are due to be delivered in 2009 and will immediately enter
full operational use and be equipped with a self-protection system.
said that the cost per aircraft under the current programme was €36.7
million, whereas the cost per aircraft in updated prices under the
previous programme was €41.4 million.
offset benefits came to 132 pct, compared with 120 pct under the
previous programme and would benefit the Greek defence industry,
particulary the Hellenic Aerospace Industry (EAB), he said.
minister also noted that the support programme included spare parts and
consumables on each aircraft, which will increase their availability
and that a downpayment for the order was due to be paid as soon as the
contract was signed.
to alternate government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros, meanwhile,
Greece would not be activating an option to purchase an additional 10
aircraft of the same type that was originally included in the deal.
response to questions, meanwhile, he told reporters that payments for
the aircraft will be recorded in the budget as they occurred.
spokesman also claimed that Greece was saving a further €118 million by
promptly placing the order for the aircraft before the production line
for the specific model was closed.
10, 2005 354 TACTICAL SQUADRON "PEGASUS"
In a ceremony held at 112 CW in Eleusis Air
Base, 354 Tactical Transport Squadron “Pegasus” was re-activated after
23 years.The squadron had been de-activated in July 1982 after its last
Nord 2501 Noratlas aircraft were retired.The squadron’s new aircraft
the Lockheed-Alenia C-27J “Spartan” started to arrive on August 8
when the first aircraft (c/n 4117) touched down on Eleusis.
2005 CYPRIOT AIRLINER CRASHES NEAR ATHENS
airliner with 121 people on board crashed north of Athens on Sunday,
and rescuers said they had found no survivors.
Helios Airways flight HCY 522 was headed from Larnaca, Cyprus to Athens
International Airport when it crashed at 12:20 p.m. near the town
of Grammatiko, about 25 miles north of the Greek capital, leaving
flaming debris and luggage strewn across a ravine and surrounding hills.
Boeing 737, with 115 passengers and six crew members aboard, was due to
fly onto Prague, Czech Republic after stopping in Athens.
cause of the crash was unclear, but first indications were that there
was a technical problem — possibly decompression or lack of oxygen in
the cabin_ and not terrorism.
only piece of the plane that remained intact was the tail section. Bits
of human flesh, clothing and luggage were scattered around the
wreckage, which also started brush fires around the area.
helicopters flew overhead and firefighting planes swooped low to
extinguish some of the fires. Ambulances crowded the roads near the
crash site and dark black smoke could be seen rising from various sites
around the crash.
Rescue workers and residents on the scene said they
had not found any survivors.
The head of the Greek airline safety committee,
Akrivos Tsolakis, described it as the "worst accident we've ever had."
He speculated that there may have been a problem with
the cabin pressure.
"There apparently was a lack of oxygen which is
usually the case when the cabin is de-pressurized," Tsolakis said.
F-16 fighter jets were scrambled shortly after the plane entered Greek
air space over the Aegean Sea and did not respond to radio calls. It is
standard Greek air force procedure to intercept any aircraft entering
the country's airspace that do not respond to radio calls.
radio and television stations reported that the air force pilots saw no
movement in the cockpit of the plane before the crash. There were some
reports the two pilots seemed to be unconscious.
plane crashed around 400 meters (437 yards) from homes in the area,"
said Miltiadis Merkouris, a spokesman for the Grammatiko municipality.
Airways, a privately owned airline founded in 1999, is Cyprus' first
independent airline. It operates a fleet of Boeing 737 jets between
Cyprus and London; Athens; Sofia, Bulgaria; Dublin, Ireland; and
2005 HAF TO BUY 30 MORE F-16s
Greece will purchase 30 F-16/Block 52 fighter aircraft
in a direct deal with the United States government
for about 1.1
billion euros (1.32 billion dollars), Greek Defense Minister Spilios
Athens will also sign an option to obtain 10 more aircraft of the same
type for operational needs as part of a four-year
extending to 2010, the minister said following a meeting of the Greek
state council of foreign
affairs and defense (KYSEA).
The final cost of the contract will depend on the offer tendered by the
US government, Spiliotopoulos said.
The Greek defense ministry will request the provision of maintenance
support for the F-16 planes as part of the offset deal, he added.
In April, the government said it would reexamine a deal sealed by its
socialist predecessors for the purchase of
60 Eurofighter aircraft from
European consortium EADS at an estimated cost of 1.7 billion euros.
The state council will decide at a later meeting whether to buy a
further 30 fighter planes, with an option for another 10, the minister
JULY 13, 2005 FIRST NH90 PRODUCTION
HELICOPTER FOR HELLENIC ARMY FLIES
The first Hellenic serial production NH90 successfully took to the air
on july 13th for a 95 minutes flight at the Eurocopter Marignane
facility. The aircraft was flown by Boniface Jean-Pierre ROLDAN,
experimental test pilot, Dominique FOURNIER, flight test engineer and
Jean-Claude Rabany flight engineer.On 29 August 2003, Greece ordered 20
NH90 firm for a contract total amount of € 657 million, including a
consistent offset agreement involving Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI).
Hellenic NH90s will be operated by the Army, 16 NH90 Tactical Transport
in service with the Army Aviation and 4 NH90 with the Special Operation
Forces (SOF); both configurations being equipped with Rolls-Royce
Turbomeca RTM322-01/9 engines.The first NH90 Tactical Transport will be
delivered to Greece by late 2005 and the whole firm series will be
completed within the year 2010 (including options).
2005 HAF A-7H
CORSAIR II CRASHED
A HAF A-7H Corsair II
aircraft crashed yesterday morning in the uninhabited area of
Sperhiada, northwest of Lamia, central Greece, during a training
flight. The pilot, 27-year-old Pilot Officer Nikos Danias, ejected
safely and was
rescued by helicopter and taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution.
There were no injuries
on the ground. The plane had taken off from 116 Combat Wing
base in Araxos. The cause of the crash was not immediately
clear, but is investigated.
2005 HAF F-16C GLIDES
TO SAFETY AFTER ENGINE FAILURE
Hellenic Air force F-16 fighter pilot had to make a forced landing
at an airbase on the northeastern Aegean island of Lemnos yesterday,
after suffering engine failure during a mission to intercept Turkish
An air force statement said the pilot managed to bring
his aircraft down safely on the Lemnos runway, two and a half minutes
after his engine cut out, probably due to a fuel feed problem, 10 miles
off the island at an altitude of 12,000 feet.
flew the jet like a glider,” an air force source said. The plane had
taken off from 111 Combat Wing base at Nea Anchialos, in central Greece
to chase off a pair
of Turkish military aircraft.
2004 FIRST C-27J SPARTAN FOR HELLENIC AIR
FORCE COMPLETES FIRST FLIGHT
C-27J Spartan, to be delivered to Hellenic Air Force in January
successfully completed its first flight on December 15, 2004 in
following final integration at Alenia Aeronautica's plant.The Italian
Hellenic Air Forces have both ordered twelve (12) C-27Js, and a range
potential American, European and Asian customers have also shown keen
in the aircraft. Formal evaluations have been conducted by the Air
Australia, Taiwan, Ireland, Portugal,
and the CzechRepublic
as well as several other countries that have recently joined NATO.
After take-off at 10:00 a.m. on December 15th
from Alenia Aeronautica's flight test field, piloted by Commanders
and Gianluca Evangelisti (also on-board, Commander Mario Mutti), the
performed a series of manoeuvres and flight figures for 83 minutes. The
of the first flight will enable the Italian company to respect its
time schedule with the Hellenic Air Force and deliver the first of the
aircraft ordered by the end of January 2005
2004TWOF-16DsCRASH ON MTPELION
TwoF-16D Block 30 two-seatfighterswentdowninthePilionareaonThursdayafternoon, uponreturningtotheNeaAnchialosairbase followingatrainingexercise.
At , the two aircraft’s
lost from radar, close to the Pilio area. Army forces, Super Puma
and oneC-130 aircraft mobilized
immediately taking part in the search.
the afternoon the first wreckage was located near thevillage ofAgios Taxiarhis
teams located human parts in the wreckage and later on found the second
aircraft where the pilots were found burned.
leader Ioannis Kommatas aged 37,
lieutenant Athanasios Sioutas aged 33,
Likoudis, both aged 28.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2004 CHINOOK HELICOPTER
A Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopter has crashed in the sea near Mt Athos
in Northern Greece. On board the helicopter was Patriarch Petros of
All of Africa. The Chinook helicopter had departed from Megara, near
Athens carrying the Patriarch to Karies in the monastic
community of Mount Athos in Chalkidiki, where a
reception was underway in his honor.
The last time the helicopter was seen on
radar screens was 15 miles south of Karies and its pilot had said that
he will gain altitude from the 2,500 feet to 4,000 feet. A total
people were on board, among them, 4 crewmembers and 12 passengers.
Wreckage of the Chinook were found in the sea
region, 5 miles east of Cape Akras
Ampelou in Sithonia, in Chalkidiki northern Greece.
SEPTEMBER 1, 2004 MIRAGE 2000 CRASHES
A Hellenic Air Force single-seater “Mirage 2000” fighter jet crashed in
the sea region north of the island of Skyros today.
According to initial information, the pilot used the automatic ejection
system and was able to abandon the plane before it crashed.
The accident occured during a simulated dogfight between three aircraft
of the same type.The crashed aircraft was involved in a mid-air
collision with a second aircraft which although damaged was able to
land in Skyros island airfield.
JUNE 15, 2004 F-4E
CRASHED IN MT PARNASSOS
An F-4E Phantom
II aircraft of 339 Sqn, 117 CW, crashed at 15:55 today, near Kelaria
village in Mt Parnassos. Both crew:
Sqn Ldr Konstantinos Karathanos
and F/O Emmanouil Sevastakis,
The aircraft was part of a two ship formation, taking part in an
one-on-one air combat exercise.
The Hellenic Air Force is investigating the causes of the crash.
DECEMBER 22, 2003 DEFENCE MINISTRY SIGNS
CONTRACTS FOR PROCUREMENT OF MISSILES
have been signed with the French company MBDA FRANCE for the
procurement of 100 MICA air-to-air missiles, 50 launcher pads for
SCALP air-to-surface missiles and additional materiel and services, the
national defense ministry announced on Monday.
procurement will cover the operational requirements of the Air Force
General Staff. The procurement was awarded directly to the MBDA FRANCE
company and the sum amounts to about 220.5 million euros.
delivery of the MICA missiles will begin in February 2006 and of the
SCALP missiles in October 2007.
the above-mentioned procurements, the MBDA FRANCE company offers to
the defense ministry offset benefits amounting to 115 per cent of the
of the procurement.
NOVEMBER 27, 2003 MIRAGE
2000BG CRASHES INTO SEA
At about 11.55 hrs on Thursday 27 Nov.,
a two-seat Mirage-2000BG fighter
into the Aegean Sea
west of Chios island, while on a training flight, and its
two pilots captain Kyriakos Dimitrakoulas and Flying officer Ioannis
Hatzoudis, ejected safely. They were picked-up by HAF SAR helicopter
and flown to HAF hospital.
The accident is believed to have been caused by an engine
NOVEMBER 26, 2003 A-7H
CORSAIR II CRASHED IN ANDRAVIDA
An A-7H Corsair II (ser.No159918)
of HAF, crashed on Wednesday Nov.26 at 11.00 hrs, near the 117 CW
base at Andravida.
The pilot reported fuel loss, when flying over the sea between
Zakynthos island and the Peloponese.He was instructed to fly to
Andravida and land immediately.When the aircraft was in the
final approach and in view of the runway, the loss of fuel increased
and the engine stopped.
The pilot, wing commander Konstantinos Mitsopoulos c/o of SOT (Scholio
Oplon Taktikis) tried to avoid residental areas up to the last moment,
when the aircraft stalled and had to eject.He landed safely and
later was taken to HAF hospital for check-up.
The A-7H hit the ground and skidded for some 500 m, coming to a stop by
a ditch, very near a warehouse, 800 m from Andravida runway.
An investigation is underway to establish the cause of the accident.
OCTOBER 9, 2003 TA-7C
CORSAIR II CRASHED IN ARAXOS
Corsair II aircraft (ser. No 156784) of 116 CW crashed at today, near the
military airport in
to information, the two pilots ejected from the aircraft and were
collected uninjured, in an area two miles south of the Araxos airport.
were taken to the 251 General Air Force Hospital as a precaution. The
aircraft was on a training mission and the incident is attributed to a
OCTOBER 3, 2003 GERMAN JU-52 WAS PULLED UP FROM THE BOTTOM
OF THE SEA NEAR LEROS
52 German transport plane shot down during WWII, was pulled up from the
of the sea near the Aegean island of Leros today.
The salvage operation was undertaken by the Greek Air Force and the
was found to be in a relatively good condition given the fact that it
at the bottom of the sea for a total of 60 years. It will be taken to
be cleaned up and become one of the exhibits in the island's war museum.
A human skeleton was found inside the aircraft and the German Embassy
in Athens was notified of the
AUGUST 28, 2003 GREECE BUYS HELICOPTERS
The Ministry of defence has signed a contract for 12 AH-64D Apache attack helicopters from Boeing,
with an option for four more, valued at $675 million.Deliveries
in the first quarter of 2007.
Another contract was signed on August 29, for 20 NH90
from European aerospace group EADS for 657.523.069 €.Deliveries
expected to begin in 2006 and to be completed in 2009.
JUNE 30 2003 HAF RETIRES
ITS Mirage F-1CGs
In a ceremony held at the 114CW
in Tanagra, on Monday June 30, the last Mirage F-1CGs of the HAF
were officially withdrawn from service.Among those present were
leadership, the commander of 114 CW and notably,the
of the manufacturer Dassault Aviation, Mr Serge Dassault.Two aircraft
painted in special colours:one each for the 334 and 342 Squadrons which
the Mirage F-1CG since entering service in 1975.
2, 2003 ATHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RECEIVES 2003 IATA
In recognition of its contribution to the aviation industry and its
support towards airlines, Athens International Airport has been
honoured with the 2003 Eagle Award of the International Air Transport
Association (IATA), which represents 280 airlines around the world.
The award ceremony took place on June 2nd in Washington, within the
framework of IATA's 59th Annual General Assembly, and the 100th
anniversary since the Wright brothers' first flight. On behalf of
Athens International Airport, the award was received by AIA's Deputy
Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Yiannis Paraschis.
TOP WORLD RANKING FOR 2002
Athens International Airport is the new leader in the world in its
category, according to the annual results of IATA’s independent survey
"Global Airport Monitor" for 2002.
In the airport size category up to 15 million passengers per annum,
"Eleftherios Venizelos" moved up not only to the 1st position in
Europe, but also to the 1st position in the world. AIA scored highest
for Overall Passengers Satisfaction, climbing from 2nd in Europe and
3rd in the world in 2001.
2 2003 HELLENIC AIR FORCE F-16 CRASHES
An F-16 fighter of the Hellenic Air Force crashed, soon after taking
off from Nea Anhialos AFB.The aircraft came down 3 n.miles from the
base.The pilot, captain Pliatsikas Theodoros ejected safely and was
the HAF 251 hospital for check-up.
It is suspected that the crash was caused by a bird ingested into
MΑΥ 19 2003
TURKISH GENERAL ADMITS F-16 SHOT DOWN BY H.A.F MIRAGE 2000
A former Turkish general on Monday said Ankara should ask for
compensation for an unprecedented incident in which Greece shot down a
Turkish fighter aircraft over the Aegean Sea in 1996.
The Turkish newspaper Milliyet said former general Ahmet Corekci, who
was Turkish air force chief at the time of the incident, confirmed
press reports about the clash to the paper.
A Turkish airforce F-16 was lost over the Aegean Sea during a training
mission in October 1996 in what Ankara said was international airspace
north of the Greek island of Samos, close to Turkish mainland.
One of the pilots managed to eject after the plane was hit by a missile
but his co-pilot, Captain Nail Erdogan, was killed.
MΑΥ 19 2003
355 TACTICAL TRANSPORT
INTO THREE SEPARATE SQUADRONS
The structure of 355 Tactical Transport Squadron based at 112 Battle
Wing at Elefsis is changing. Specifically, it will be divided into
three squadrons: 355 Tactical Transport Squadron with CL 215 and
Do 28 aircraft,
commanded by Colonel Marugas. The 383 Special Fire Fighting Operations
commanded by Colonel Papaglymis, and the Maintenance Squadron commanded
by Major Christodoulidis. 355 Squadron received the first five CL 215
aircraft in December 1975. By 1985, the Squadron had received all of
CL-215 fleet. In 1999, the Squadron received the first of 10 CL 415s.
August of that year, the squadron helped put out a fire using a CL 415
at the Tupas oil works at Izmit, Turkey. During the fire fighting
of 2000 and 2001, the Squadron operated against fires on Cyprus. Up
now 355 Squadron inventory included 14 CL 215, 9 (of 10 ordered) CL 415
9 Do 28 aircraft.
MΑΥ 14 2003 "HOSTILE ACTIONS" IN AEGEAN BY TURKISH AIR FORCE
New violations of Athens FIR and Greek airspace were committed by the
Turkish Air Force yesterday, harassing Greek fighter jets during
scheduled maneuvers. Such an incident of clear and direct obstruction
of Greek military exercises has never before been recorded.
This action was characterized as “hostile” by circles of the Ministry
of Defense, because it violates all rules of international law and
there is a great chance of an accident occurring. The incident was
noted at 11am yesterday, when two armed Turkish F-16 fighters illegally
entered the Athens FIR and harassed three Phantom aircraft
participating in small scale aeronautic military drill codenamed
The Turkish F-16s followed the Greek F-4s to a very low altitude of
1000ft, obstructing the procedure of attacking a target in the sea. The
specific target had been towed by the “Doxa” gunboat, while the shots
by the Greek F-4s were carried out with training ammo.
The specific region within the Athens FIR had been committed in time
with a NOTAM issued by the Air Force. The Turkish fighters, equipped
with air-to-air missiles, were intercepted by Greek fighters. The
Ministry of National Defense will send an electronic depiction of the
incident to NATO, while the Foreign Ministry has been informed, so that
the Greek Ambassador to Ankara can carry out an official diplomatic
Yesterday, approximately 34 Turkish fighters in 14 formations carried
out 15 violations of the Athens FIR and 44 violations of Greek national
In nine cases there were intense dogfights, since the Turkish pilots
refused to leave the Athens FIR, even though they had been
14 2003 HELLAS SAT
US satellite Atlas V was launched at midnight from Cape Canaveral,
carrying with it the first Greek telecommunications satellite, Hellas
SAT. Hellas SAT will cover the needs of Greece and Cyprus for the next
15 years, while it will be put on operational standby approximately a
week later. Shortly after that it will begin normal transmission,
covering the larger part of Europe.
MAY 2, 2003 FIRST
F-16 Block 52+ LAND AT SOUDA HAF BASE
The first 6 Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 52+ for the Hellenic Air Force
were delivered today, at the 115 CW base in Souda, Crete.
These were four F-16Cs serialled 501,502,503 and 504
and two F-16Ds serialled 602 and 603.Initially the new
aircraft will equip two Squadrons: 340 and 343.Later, one more Squadron
will be activated (probably 334) to receive the remaining of the
aircraft on order.
2003 GREEK P-3 ORION INTERCEPTED BY U.S F-18s
WITHIN ATHENS F.I.R!
A Greek P-3 ORION maritime patrol
aircraft operating under NATO command was intercepted by two USN F-18
Hornet fighters. The incident took place 90 miles south of the
Peloponnese. The US carrier-based aircraft forced the Greek plane to
leave the area. The leaking of the matter to the press reveals the
extent of the displeasure existing among Hellenic Armed Forces
personnel, while a government response is still forthcoming. According
to a NOTAM (Notice-to-Airmen), issued a month ago by the US 6th
Fleet in the Mediterranean, aircraft flying in the vicinity should
alert it as to their projected movements.
In the mean time, the Turkish violations of Greek air space
8 2003 FIRST GREEK WOMEN AIR
FORCE PILOTS FLY THEIR FIRST "SOLO"
Five out of the nine women who originally entered the flying school of
the Hellenic Air Force's Academy, continue their studies and had
recently their first "solo" flight.Their training will continue with
flights in the brand new T-6 Texan II in 361 Training Squadron,
and T-2 Buckeyes in 362 Squadron.
FEBRUARY 11 2003 HELICOPTER CRASH
An Agusta-Bell A109 air-ambulance
helicopter of EKAV with four crew on board , was lost
in a flight
to transfer a seriously ill person from the island of Ikaria.The
helicopter came down 4 miles southwest of the island.This is the third
accident in two years involving helicopters of this organization.
FEBRUARY 4 THE TURKISH PROVOCATIONS CONTINUE
A Greek Air Force P-3B Orion aircraft was harassed at noon
today by two Turkish F-16s, while flying 40 miles southeast of the
Aegean island of Rhodes inside the Athens FIR.One of the Turkish
jets flew repeatedly just 150 meters above the Greek
aircraft with full afterburner creating dangerous turbulence.
Greek fighter jets rushed on the scene and intercepted the Turkish
aircraft. For the record, the Greek airspace violations by Turkish
aircraft have increased notably during the past few weeks.
JANUARY 29 2003
CONTRACT SIGNED FOR
Lockheed Martin Alenia Tactical Transport Systems (LMATTS) today signed
a contract with the government of Greece for the acquisition of 12
C-27J Spartan medium transport aircraft plus an option for
three additional aircraft. The contract to LMATTS joint venture has
a value of $272.72 million, excluding the three aircraft option.
LMATTS is a joint venture company formed by Alenia and Lockheed Martin.
DECEMBER 18 2002
DELIVERY OF THE FIRST MODERNIZED F-4E PEACE ICARUS 2000
Today at the installations of Greek Aviation Industry (EAV) in Tanagra,
the delivery of the first Peace Icarus 2000
Phantom II , took place .
The program concerns in the modification of 35 planes of the type that
gives them multi role capabilities. Main contractor of program is the
German EADS which undertook the program after competition and the EAV
undertook the manufacture of collections of modification (group-A Kits)
and the final installation and trial of new system.
NOVEMBER 25 GREECE TO BUY HELICOPTERS The
Greek government decided
to order 52 helicopters for the Army.
12 of these will be AH-64 Apache attack helicopters (possibly of the
Longbow version), with an option for 4 more and a cost of 683m €.
42 NH-90 (32 utility +4 options, 4 MEDEVAC and 6
special operations),with a cost of 651m €..
NOVEMBER 10 OLYMPIC
AIRWAYS ENDS FLIGHTS TO AUSTRALIA
last scheduled Olympic
passenger flight from Australia to Athens took off on October 30. The
airline has flown from Greece to Australia for a quarter of a century.
to OA's management, it was a loss-making route, costing the airline
25 million euros each year.OA sources anounced the national carrier was
to end its flights to Australia in order to cut costs.
According to members of
Australia's 700,000-strong Greek community and thousands of
Greek-Australians living here, the decision to stop the twice-weekly
flights to Melbourne and Sydney is irrational and absurd. They claim OA
is overlooking the growing Asian and Australian travel market and its
opportunity to position itself as an airline of choice by Europeans via
Athens to Asia and Australia. They also argue that the cancellation of
the route will dissuade many Greek-Australians from coming to Greece
during the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
NOVEMBER 7 NEW TURKISH PROVOCATIONS IN
GREEK AIR SPACE
Turkish war-planes on Thursday harassed two civilian aircraft in the
air corridor connecting Greece with Cyprus, at the border of the
Larnaca and Athens Fight Information Region (FIR).
According to sources,
18 Turkish F16s in six formations infringed on Greek airspace over the
islands of Samos and Hios,
while in ten different instances they violated the Athens FIR.
Specifically, two Turkish F 16s harassed the Olympic Airways
flight 332 that took off from Larnaca and was bound for Athens, about
30 nautical miles west of Rhodes and at an altitude of 34,000 feet.
Ten minutes later, quite possibly the same pair of aircraft harassed
Cyprus Airways flight 323 that took off from Athens and was bound for
Larnaca, about 35 nautical miles west of
Rhodes and at an altitude of 33,000 feet.
FIRST F16D BLOCK 52 DELIVERED
The first aircraft in the latest buy of 60 F-16s for Greece has been
delivered. The aircraft is an advanced Block 52 two-seat model with
enhanced capabilities over previous F-16s. The aircraft
was delivered in record span time considering the development
requirements. The aircraft will remain in the United States for
maintenance training and evaluation purposes until mid next year, then
receive final paint prior to ferry to Greece.
OCTOBER 16 TURKISH
F-16s HARASS GREEK AIRLINER
a small Greek passenger plane within Greece’s airspace on Wednesday
According to a report
a Hellenic Star Airways turboprop carrying 36
passengers from the eastern Aegean island of Chios to Athens was
approached over the central Aegean by the Turkish jets,
which proceeded to fly close to it on either side, inside the Athens
Flight Information Region and, at one point, within
Greek airspace. “It was an unacceptable act during a particularly
sensitive period,” government spokesman Christos Protopappas said
yesterday, adding that the Foreign Ministry has issued a demarche.
OCTOBER 7 HAF T-37s RETIRE
years of service with
the Hellenic Air Force the last T-37s were officially retired on
SEPTEMBER 13 NATO EXERCISE CANCELLED
Following a disagreement between Athens and Ankara over the process
whereby Turkish fighter aircraft would fly over the Aegean to
participate in a NATO exercise in Greece, the Greek section of the
maneuvers code-named Destined Glory 2002 has been canceled.
The Ministry of Defense
yesterday issued a statement saying that the war games in western
Greece “will not take place as there was no agreement in the planning
of the exercise between Greece and NATO’s Southern Central Command on
procedures regarding coordination of air force matters.”
will take place from October 5-18 in the central Mediterranean and
Italy, and initially involved eight Turkish F-16 fighters being based
for a few days at the Nea Anchialos military airport. From there,
they would participate in flights between Preveza and Kyparissia.
Ankara insisted — backed by NATO officials — that its jets should not
submit flight plans before entering the Athens Flight Information
Region. As a result, the Ministry of Defense canceled the Greek section
the exercise, after consultations with the Foreign Ministry.
FIRST APPEARANCE OF THE CYPRIOT Mi 35
HIND ATTACK HELICOPTERS
Τhe long rumo red presence of the Cypriot
National Guard Mil Mi 35 Hind helicopters was confirmed on
the occasion of the funeral of the recently killed Chief of
the CNG general Florakis.Two Mi 35s made a low pass over Pafos
during the ceremony.
It is still not known how
many machines have been ordered or how many have
been delivered so far.
10 CYPRUS NATIONAL GUARD HELICOPTER CRASHES
Cypriot National Guard Bell 206L Long
Ranger II helicopter
crashed near Pafos airport
during a night flight.
All occupants killed, among them National Guard Chief General
Evangelos Florakis, Commander of National Guard Air Arm Commodore
Stelios Demenagas (both from Greece,) the Chief's Adjutant
Lieutenant Commander Nikolas Georgiou, and the helicopter's crew Flight
Lieutenant Paris Athanasiadis and Flying officer Mihalis Siakalis
(Cypriots).Initial information points to the helicopter
crashing after attempting an emergency landing due to possible
JUNE 27 HAF F-4E CRASHES
An F-4E (68-438) of the Hellenic
Air Force crashed on Mt Dirfys during a training flight.Both crew
JUNE 17 HELICOPTER CRASHES
FIVE people lost their lives on
board an Agusta A109 medical airlift helicopter which
crashed early on June 17 on the Cycladic island of Anafi.Ιn January
2001 an identical helicopter was lost in a storm near Cape Sounion.
The Agusta A109 hit a hillside
after a pre-dawn takeoff from Anafi destined for a state hospital
facility in the eastern Aegean island of Rhodes, where a woman who had
suffered a thrombosis could get the urgent medical treatment she
required. The 62-year-old heart patient
was killed in the crash, together with two pilots and two medical
The bodies were recovered by an
EKAV unit, assisted by crews deployed by the defence ministry, which
also launched an investigation into the causes of the crash. No SOS was
issued by the helicopter before the accident and no explosion was heard
at the time of the crash, a minute and a half after take-off.
FIRST CL-415GR C-SAR ARRIVES The first of two specially equipped CL-415
amphibians (ninth out of a total 10 aircraft ordered)
landed in Elefsis Air Force base on June 11.
The aircraft with the serial 2056 (C-GIFE) started fire-fighting
operations with th 355 Sq, before it flies to HAI facilities to
receive the additional equipment and modifications.
THE TURKISH VIOLATIONS OF
GREEK AIR SPACE CONTINUE THIS SUMMER
Friday June 14
Eighteen (18) Turkish fighters violated
the Athens F.I.R, and the Greek air space over Lesvos island.These
included flying over the island itself!
The violations were made by three groups
of six F-16s between 13.05 and 14.45 hrs.
Around the same time there were more intrusions
in an area south of Rhodes involving armed aircraft.In all cases HAF
aircraft responded by intercepting the intruders and escorting them
out of Greek air space.
Thursday June 13
Two Turkish F-16s overflew
the Rhodes international Airport at very low altitude.
Four C-47 "Dakotas" of the
Hellenic Air Force are still flying operationally!!! And they will keep
flying until at least
Here are the aircraft:
ΚΝ 575 c.n 4476866
( scheduled to withdraw October 2002 ) 432622
( scheduled to withdraw
beginning of 2004 )
( sheduled to withdraw after the 2004
Olympic Games ) ΚΚ 156
( scheduled to withdraw
beginning of 2005 )
HAF is circulating an idea that one of the above aircraft should
take part in the celebretions of the 2004 Olympiad, carrying a special