JAT Airways Flight 769

JAT Airways Flight 769
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The aircraft at London Heathrow Airport in the early 1970s
Accident
Date September 11, 1973
Summary Control tower error, radar malfunction, CFIT
Site Mount Maganik, SR Montenegro, Yugoslavia
42°51′44″N 19°22′50″E / 42.86222°N 19.38056°E / 42.86222; 19.38056Coordinates: 42°51′44″N 19°22′50″E / 42.86222°N 19.38056°E / 42.86222; 19.38056
Aircraft
Aircraft type Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle 6-N
Operator JAT Yugoslav Airlines
Registration YU-AHD
Flight origin Skopje International Airport, Skopje, SR Macedonia, Yugoslavia
Destination Titograd Airport, Titograd, SR Montenegro, Yugoslavia
Passengers 35
Crew 6
Fatalities 41
Survivors 0

A domestic JAT Yugoslav Airlines (Serbo-Croatian: Југословенски Аеротранспорт or Jugoslovenski Aerotransport) flight, carried out by a Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle 6-N (Registration: YU-AHD), was nearing its end completing a scheduled domestic Flight JU 769 from Skopje, SR Macedonia to Titograd (today's Podgorica), SR Montenegro when it crashed into Maganik mountain killing all 41 passengers and crew, along with the aircraft being written off.[1]

Accident

The flight, a scheduled domestic Flight JU 769 from Skopje to Titograd, was nearing its end. Allegedly, the flight was instructed to start descent, although the aircraft was not visible on radar (which were allegedly not working well at the time) nor could the control tower staff make visual contact with the aircraft. At the time of the flight, there were no qualified staff at the control tower in Titograd. The flight was asked to descend to a flight level of 6,000 feet or a height it saw fit. The aircraft crashed into the peak of Babin zub on Maganik mountain near Kolašin. All 41 people on board died in the accident.[1]

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