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Avioimpex Flight 110

Avioimpex Flight 110
The aircraft involved in the crash, seen at Düsseldorf Airport in April 1993
Accident summary
Date 20 November 1993
Summary pilot error / Controlled flight into terrain
Site near Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia
Passengers 108
Crew 8
Injuries (non-fatal) 0
Fatalities 116
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Yakovlev Yak-42
Operator Avioimpex
Registration RA-42390
Flight origin Geneva International Airport
Destination Skopje Airport

Avioimpex Flight 110 was a Yakovlev Yak-42 that crashed near Ohrid, Macedonia on 20 November 1993. All 116 passengers and crew died as a result of the crash but one passenger lived for eleven days after the disaster before succumbing to his injuries.


Flight 110 was an international scheduled passenger flight originating in Geneva, Switzerland with a final destination of Skopje, Macedonia. Due to a blizzard at Skopje, Flight 110 was diverted to Ohrid Airport.[1]

Cleared for an approach to Runway 02, the Yak-42 was approximately 2,300 feet too high to carry out a successful landing, so a missed approach procedure was executed. Shortly afterwards the crew of Flight 110 radioed that they were not receiving the VOR signal. Air Traffic control was unable to satisfy the request for a bearing and the pilot of Flight 110 advised that he could not see the runway lights. Shortly thereafter Flight 110 crashed killing 115 of the 116 people on board. One passenger, Rade Jevremovic, survived but was badly injured.[2]


Due to Flight 110 being the third aviation disaster in a sixteen month period to take place in his country, Minister of Urban Planning, Civil Engineering, Communications and Ecology Antoni Pesev resigned.[3] The pilots association complained of broken equipment and poor safety standards at both Skopje and Ohrid Airports.

On 1 December 1993, Rade Jevremovic died without ever regaining consciousness in the days following the crash of Avioimpex Flight 110.[4]

Flight 110 remains the deadliest aviation crash to ever take place in Macedonia.[5]


The cause of the crash was attributed to a violation of the airport traffic pattern by the crew of Flight 110, who initiated a turn into rising terrain. A contributing factor was their decision to proceed with the approach even though they were not receiving a navigational signal due to being out of range of the VOR station.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Many feared dead in Macedonia crash
  2. ^ Crash survivor recovering
  3. ^ Official resigns over plane crash
  4. ^ Crash survivor dies
  5. ^ Macedonia air safety profile
  6. ^ Gero, David (1996). Aviation Disasters Second Edition. Patrick Stephens Limited. p. 227. 

External links

  • Avioimpex Flight 110 at
  • Avioimpex Flight 110 at Aviation Safety Network

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