43 Years ago today: On 30 October 1975 an Inex Adria Douglas DC-9 struck a high ground during an ILS approach to Prague, killing 75 out of 120 occupants.
|Date:||Thursday 30 October 1975|
|Type:||McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32|
|C/n / msn:||47457/620|
|Engines:||2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 71 / Occupants: 115|
|Total:||Fatalities: 75 / Occupants: 120|
|Aircraft damage:||Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||8 km (5 mls) NE of Praha-Ruzyne International Airport (PRG) ( Czech Republic)|
|Nature:||Int’l Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Tivat Airport (TIV/LYTV), Montenegro|
|Destination airport:||Praha-Ruzyne International Airport (PRG/LKPR), Czech Republic|
Weather at Prague was poor. Fog at Ruzyne Airport reduced the visibility to 1500 m. The Inex Adria charter flight from Tivat (TIV) had been cleared for a runway 24 approach. After completing a right inbound turn, the crew descended below MDA and below airport level. The DC-9 entered a gorge over the River Vltava with high ground ahead and on the sides. The pilot selected full power to climb over the high ground. The airplane struck trees and a building and crashed at an elevation 300 ft below runway level.
Reportedly ILS and PAR approached were not available at the time of the accident.