Meridian AN12 near Kavala on Jul 16th 2022, impacted ground after engine trouble
Last Update: July 17, 2022 / 16:44:47 GMT/Zulu time
Sources within the Greek Civil Aviation Authority reported the crew reported engine problems and requested to divert to Kavala (Greece). However, the contact with the aircraft was lost on approach to Kavala.
Ground observers reported the aircraft appeared to have been on fire while still airborne, the fire appeared to have expanded from the engine onto the wing. After impact a fire ball rose above the aircraft.
Emergency services report that although it is unclear what the aircraft was carrying they treat the freight as hazardeous materials. Specialists are on their way to the site.
On Jul 17th 2022 Serbia's Minister of Defense reported the aircraft carried 11.5 tons of Serbian made defense products (mortar training missiles) purchased by Bangladesh's Defense Ministry. The aircraft was to make technical stops in Amman (Jordan), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) and Ahmedabad (India) before reaching its final destination in Dhaka (Bangladesh). The transport was in line with all international law and had all relevant permits.
On Jul 17th 2022 Meridian Ltd confirmed the death of their 8 crew.
In the afternoon of Jul 17th 2022 Greece's CAA reported that the aircraft entered their airspace at 22:09L (19:09Z), at 22:37L (19:37Z) the crew informed Athens Control that they would return to Nis due to operational reasons. At 22:42L the crew declared Mayday reporting an engine #4 fire (AI-20A, outboard right hand) and began to divert to Kavala, on approach to Kavala the crew contacted tower at 22:45L (19:45Z) and was cleared to land, at 22:47L (19:47Z) the contact with the aircraft was lost.
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