Saturday, 2nd of January, 1988

– Turkey

Condor Flugdienst Flight 3782, an international charter flight from Stuttgart-Echterdingen Airport (STR/EDDS), Germany, to Izmir-Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB/LTBJ), Turkey, operated with a Boeing 737-230 Adv. , registration D-ABHD, crashed while on approach into the Dümentepe Hill near Seferihisar, İzmir Province, Turkey.

The aircraft was completely destroyed. The five crew members and eleven passengers perished. (16 fatalities)

The crash of Flight 3782 is the 18th deadliest aviation accident on Turkish soil. It is also the 40th worst accident involving the Boeing 737-200.

– Details:

The flight, with the co-pilot at the controls, was cleared to the Outer Marker (CU NDB) for an ILS approach to runway 35. After passing the NDB the pilots switched to ILS and thus couldn’t verify their position in the procedure turn. The aircraft was outside the 35deg sector of the ILS centreline and the crew followed the wrong side beam. The crew descended to Outer Marker altitude and the 737 struck Dümentepe Hill, 10,5nm from the airport. The aircraft disintegrated and burned.

– Cause:

“The accident occurred due to the wrong use of navigation aids. The cause is attributed mainly to the lack of adherence to company procedures especially in respect of crew coordination during approach and basic instrument flying procedures.”