Accident Ilyushin Il-76MD UR-76424, Monday 13 July 1998
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Date:Monday 13 July 1998
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL76 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Ilyushin Il-76MD
Owner/operator:ATI Aircompany
Registration: UR-76424
MSN: 0063470096
Year of manufacture:1986
Total airframe hrs:3569 hours
Cycles:1978 flights
Engine model:Soloviev D-30KP
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:4,5 km NW off Ra'sal-Khaymah -   United Arab Emirates
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (RKT/OMRK)
Destination airport:Nikolaev Airport (NLV/UKON)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The Ilyushin had arrived on July 12 after a flight from Baku (Azerbaijan) and was scheduled to fly on to Nikolaev. The aircraft was loaded with general cargo (a.o. watermelons), which was completed at 21:40. However, the airplane was overloaded 15.5 -25.5 tonnes over the maximum permitted weight for a departure in the given circumstances, and 13-23 tonnes over the certified maximum allowable takeoff weight. The plane took off from Ras al Khaimah runway 34 at 23:11 and climbed slowly to a height of 180 m, accelerating to 400 km/h. As the flaps were retracted, the GPWS sounded and the pilot incorrectly moved the control column forward. The aircraft flew into the sea and broke up.

The Captain failed to react to the GPWS warning in accordance with company and manufacturer's instructions and instead his actions resulted in a descent into terrain without any vertical awareness.
Contributory cause:
The aircraft was overloaded by persons unknown and the resultant lack of performance may have influenced the Captain's incorrect reaction to the GPWS warning and effected the subsequent recovery performance of the aircraft.


ICAO Adrep Summary 4/98 (#63)


  • 45th worst accident in 1998
  • 27th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 13th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) Pol van Damme, via Werner Fischdick; Oostende Airport (OST); October 1997

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