2014-04-14 Sun Express Germany Boeing 737-800 too close to terrain at Kayseri


2014-04-14 Sun Express Germany Boeing 737-800 too close to terrain at Kayseri


The tourist laden Boeing 737-800 received multiple low-altitude and terrain collision alerts wile on approach to the airport from the east.

On approach to the extended centreline of runway 25 at Kayseri Erkilet Airport, while in the turn to the localizer beam, the pilots overshot the centre line to the south.

Whilst descending from 7500 to 6200 feet, the EGPWS issued a „TERRAIN“-caution alert message. The pilots entered a steep turn to the right and climbed again to 6800 feet.  15 seconds later, a „TERRAIN PULL UP“-warning was received.

After the flight reached an altitude of 6850 feet, theEGPWS warning stopped. The 737 continued the for a safe landing.

Kayseri´s Airport is situated at an elevation of 3.463 feet. There is rising terrain to the east and southeast of the airport rising above 8.800 feet. Only runway 25 is equipped with an ILS.

German authority BFU is investigating and considered this occurence as a „serious incident“.


Date: 2014-04-14 Time: 02:30
Location: LTAU ASR Kayseri Erkilet area
Country: Turkey
Flight phase: APR – Initial Approach (IFR), Final Approach, all Circuit Patterns, Missed Approach/Go-Around
Damage to a/c: none

Flight no.: XG 1761
From: EDDS/STR: Stuttgart To: LTAU/ASR: Kayseri Erkilet
Type: Passenger
Operator: Sun Express Germany

Type: Boeing 737-800
Registration: D-ASXD
Age a/c: 9,96 years
Constr. No.: 33562

Map (provided by by University of Texas|Jacdec)


Approach Chart for runway 25 (Jeppeson)



Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 7 188  0 195
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries 0 0 0 0

JACDEC 20-year Statistics :

  • 1st safety occurence for the operator
  • 240th safety occurence of type
  • 2md safety occurence at airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question
Sun Express Germany

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