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Creator / Collector

We are at the Ellinikon International Airport and we are watching footage from the repair work of a Boeing 747-123F with no. 20391 series and OD-AGC registration of the Lebanese TMA (Trans Mediterranean Airways) which on December 3, 1975 went off the runway on a public road causing only material damage.

The Boeing was carrying seven people and the accident was attributed to a mishandling of the crew as the reverse thrust was not activated in time. The Greek press of that era expressed its anger and fears as Ellinikon International Airport was considered unsafe since it was located within a residential area.

During the collision, the plane carried 32 tons of kerosene in its tanks and the third tank was damaged, hence a large amount of fuel leaked. The question of what would have happened if an explosion had been caused during the collision was forcing the-then-government to take measures for moving the Airport to another area.

In the film, we watch shots from the repairs of the plane where workers on crane machines work non-stop. The filmmaker follows the tail of the plane that rests on the runway, passes through his main body, records the damage on the turbine and reaches the cockpit that rests on the road of Pronoi Street while the lens follows another plane in flight.

The repair of the plane took six months and the plane continued its flights for another thirty years.


Film Information

Athanasoglou Nikolaos

HD (1440x1080)



Duration (seconds)

Super 8mm

Creator's description

The plane could not stop before the end of the runway. Until they removed it, and in order not to disturb the other planes during their landing and stopping the operation of the airport, they had its very high tail cut.
Athanasoglou Nikolaos