Meridian AN12 near Kavala on Jul 16th 2022, impacted ground after engine trouble

Last Update: July 17, 2022 / 16:44:47 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 16, 2022

Classification
Crash

Flight number
MEM-3032

Departure
Nis, Serbia

Destination
Amman, Jordan

Aircraft Registration
UR-CIC

Aircraft Type
Antonov An-12

ICAO Type Designator
AN12

A Meridian Ltd. Antonov AN-12BK, registration UR-CIC performing flight MEM-3032 from Nis (Serbia) to Amman (Jordan) with 8 people on board, was enroute at FL210 over the Aegean Sea when the aircraft began to lose altitude, the crew reported engine trouble, and turned around towards land in Greece. The aircraft attempted to land in Kavala (Greece) but cut a power line and impacted ground about 17nm west of the airport (approximate Position N40.9582 E24.1982) in an open field near Paleochori Kavalas village and burst into flames leaving a wreckage trail of about 160 meters/525 feet length. Rescue teams found no survivors.

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.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 16, 2022

Classification
Crash

Flight number
MEM-3032

Departure
Nis, Serbia

Destination
Amman, Jordan

Aircraft Registration
UR-CIC

Aircraft Type
Antonov An-12

ICAO Type Designator
AN12

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