Date & Time: Jul 22, 1938 at 1738 LT
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed 14 Super Electra
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Warsaw – Lviv – Chernivtsi – Bucharest – Thessaloniki – Athens
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Less than 30 minutes after its departure from Chernivtsi Airport, while cruising in the region of Suceava, north part of Romania, the crew encountered very bad weather conditions. Aircraft went out of control, dove into the ground and crashed in a hilly and wooded area located near the village of Gӑinești, some 35 km southwest of Suceava. All 14 occupants were killed, among them the Romanian composer and aviator Ionel Fernic.
It is the opinion of the Board that the accident was caused by lightning which struck the aircraft in flight. Strong turbulences should be a contributory factor.