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The Olympic Airways Plane that Almost Crashed into Central Athens

Heroic pilot Sifis Migadis saved many lives by skillfully maneuvering the damaged plane back to safety. Screenshot from YouTube.

It was August 9, 1978 when an Olympic Airways plane almost crashed into central Athens, with the pilot managing to avoid the disaster in just the last seconds of the flight.

It was a hot August day at Ellinikon International Airport when 400 passengers boarded the Olympic Airways flight 411 to New York, most of them U.S. citizens returning from their summer vacation in Greece. There were eighteen crew members on that long-distance trans-Atlantic flight.

The pilot, Sifis Migadis,who was in charge of piloting the 370-ton jumbo jet had 32 years of flying experience. Next to him was co-pilot Constantinos Fikardos, also a seasoned pilot with whom he flew frequently.

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