Alley of the crew of “Tadeusz Kościuszko” airplane

Alley of the crew of "Tadeusz Kościuszko" airplane
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Shortly after take-off Ił-62M SP-LBG “Tadeusz Kościuszko” airplane, flying over Warlubie with 183 people on board, encountered a technical failure. As a result of the explosion of engine number 2, also engine number 1 was damaged. The reason for the explosion was the wrenching off of the turbine shaft in one of the engines.

2 minutes before the crash the crew lost control over the aircraft. The plane crashed 5 kilometres away from the edge of runway 33 of Warsaw Okęcie Airport. None of the passengers and crew members survived the crash. Till the last moment the pilots tried to safely land the airplane. Their last words addressed to the approach control in Warsaw became the symbol of the tragedy: “Dobranoc! Do widzenia! Cześć! Giniemy!” (Goodnight! See you! Bye! We’re dying!”)

The crew was formed by

captain Zygmunt Pawlaczyk — chief pilot, captain
Leopold Kracher — first officer
Lesław Łykowski — navigator
Leszek Bogdan — radio operator
Wojciech Kłossek — board mechanic
Maria Berger — senior flight attendant
Hanna Chęcińska — flight attendant
Jolanta Potyra — flight attendant
Małgorzata Ostrowska — flight attendant
Beata Płonka — flight attendant
Ryszard Chmielewski — serving as an instructor

march, 2021

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