Disasters and accidents of Su-22 aircraft in Poland. 2007.

Kraków 2007-09-01

Disasters and accidents of Su-22 aircraft in Poland.

1 On 1986-08-09, Su-22 M 4 nb 9514 No. 29514. The pilot survived because he used the catapult chair. Probably the first use of the K-36 catapult chair in Poland.

2 On October 23, 1986 at 2237. Aircraft Su-22 M 4 nb 7104 No. 27104. Lieutenant pilot Bogusław Siwiec - he died.

The pilot of the Su-22 aircraft practiced the attack on ground targets in night conditions. The pilot misinterpreted the altitude of the flight: 1200 m, when in fact he was at a height of 200 m. The plane hit the ground near Waplewo.

Lieutenant pilot Bogusław Siwiec
Lieutenant pilot Bogusław Siwiec

3 On 1989-05-17, at 07:57. Aircraft Su-22 M 4 nb 4602 No. 24602. Pilot Lieutenant Jacek Gabryś - he died.

The pilot performed a training flight at a low altitude. The plane fell to the ground in a deep bend because there was a stall in flight. The pilot did not attempt to catapult.

Pilot Lieutenant Jacek Gabryś
Pilot Lieutenant Jacek Gabryś

Place of disaster.
Place of disaster.

4 On 1989-12-20. Aircraft Su-22 UM 3 K nb 104 No. 66104 belonging to the 6. PLMB in Piła. The pilots catapulted successfully.


During an overnight landing at the airport in Piła, due to excessive depreciation caused by pilot errors, the plane caught on the trees' crowns. The pilots, due to the sufficient speed, picked up the machine up and were able to catapult to a height of approx. 60 m. The plane fell a few hundred meters from the Piła-Wałcz road. It exploded and burned completely.

5 On 1990-01-30, at 12:01. Aircraft Su-22 M 4 nb 3714 No. 37714 belonging to the 8th PLMB in Mirosławiec. A pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Andrzej Wyciślik, died.


Task: Flight on the technical flight of the plane.
Circumstances of the crash: The pilot performed a technical flight of the aircraft during the day
in normal atmospheric conditions. At an altitude of 10,000 m, due to the freezing of water droplets in the main installation of air pressure receivers, erroneous indications of pilot and navigational instruments occurred. Improper operation of the remote control, resulting from reading erroneous indications of the instruments, led to switching off the engine in the air. The pilot did not catapult, but he attempted to land in the contingent area near Czaplinek. During the landing, the plane crashed, the pilot died.
 Cause: The crash was caused by the pilot taking incorrect action due to improper interpretation of erroneous indications of aneroid-membrane devices.

Su-22 M 4 nb 3714
Su-22 M 4 nb 3714

Pilot Lieutenant Andrzej Wyciślik
Pilot Lieutenant Andrzej Wyciślik

6 On 1991-06-21. Aircraft Su-22 M 4 nb 8614 No. 28614.


The pilot performed tasks over the training ground in Nadarzyce. He led to a stall. Fortunately, he catapulted. The plane is broken.


7 On 1993-06-04. Aircraft Su-22 M 4 nb 3619 belonging to 6 PLMB in Piła. The pilot catapulted successfully.


During the start there was a failure and engine shutdown. The pilot successfully catapulted to a height of 20 meters. After this incident he returned to flying. The plane burned down after collision with the ground. The cause of the failure was incorrect technical service.

8 On 1995-04-04. Aircraft Su-22 M 4 nb 3818 No. 37818.


During the flight near Nowa Wieś the pilot led to a stall. He happily catapulted. The plane was broken.

9 On 1995-07-25, at 8:33. Aircraft Su-22 nb 4610 No. 24601 with 6 PLMB in Piła. During the drop of the bomb on the training ground in Nadarzycach, an untimely explosion took place and the major pilot, Jerzy Stramek, was killed.


Task: Experimental flight on the Nadarzyce training ground as part of the test-and-receive research of the test bomb party.
Circumstances of the catastrophe: The disaster occurred during an experimental flight on the Su-22 M 4 airplane on the Nadarzyce training ground. The pilot was to perform a flight of six aerial bombs with igniters of a new type, a volley of two bombs. In the first incident, the pilot dropped two bombs from a height of about 40 m. After dropping the bombs in the second incident, after 1.2 seconds from the dump the bomb on the left side unexpectedly exploded under the fuselage, 18 m from the hull, when the parachute opened braking. The plane was in the so-called the zero zone of the explosion was violently struck by shards, heat waves and shock waves. Leaking fuel leaked from unsealed tanks. After 5 seconds from the moment of the explosion, the plane collided with the ground and exploded. The pilot was killed.
 Cause: The cause of the disaster was a premature explosion in the air of one of the bombs, soon after being dropped in a mowing flight. The explosion was caused by the design defect of the bomb. The plane, struck by shards and waves of thermal and shock explosion, lost control and ignited.

Place of disaster.
Place of disaster.

Pilot Major Jerzy Stramek
Pilot Major Jerzy Stramek

10 On 1995-11-07 at 10:03. Aircraft Su-22 UM 3 K nb 610 No. 68610 with a crew of Lt. Col. Bogdan Kawka and Lieutenant Colonel Wacław Macko in the vicinity of Czaplinek collided with the ground during acrobatics. The pilots died.

Place of disaster.
Place of disaster.

Pilot Lieutenant Colonel Bogdan Kawka
Pilot Lieutenant Colonel Bogdan Kawka

Pilot Lieutenant-Colonel Wacław Macko
Pilot Lieutenant-Colonel Wacław Macko

11 On June 13, 2001, at 0:33. Aircraft Su-22 UM 3 nb 102. Night landing crew in the composition of major Maciej Górkiewicz and second lieutenant Arkadiusz Madej at the airport in Powidz finished with the death of the crew.

Place of disaster.
Place of disaster.

Pilot major Maciej Górkiewicz
Pilot major Maciej Górkiewicz

Pilot lieutenant Arkadiusz Madej
Pilot lieutenant Arkadiusz Madej

12 On 2003-08-19, around 3:45 pm, during the anti-aircraft drills on the Ustka training ground there was an air accident Su-22 M 4 nb 9307 No. 29307 with 8 ELT (tactical aviation squadron) from Mirosławiec. The pilot Lt. Col. Andrzej Andrzejewski, due to the sense of threat, catapulted. After the rescue operation, the pilot was taken by a helicopter Mi-14 PS from the base in Darłowo. The pilot was transported to a field hospital in Wicko Morskie. The Commission found that as a result of a misunderstanding in the decision-making process during combat shooting, two anti-aircraft missiles of the Kub system were launched while the aircraft carrier-carrier SRCP-WR did not leave the firing zone yet. As a result, Kub's combat head exploded near the plane. The pilot made the right decision to leave the plane.

Written by Karol Placha Hetman