Accident Ilyushin Il-62 SP-LAA, Friday 14 March 1980
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Date:Friday 14 March 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL62 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Ilyushin Il-62
Owner/operator:LOT Polskie Linie Lotnicze
Registration: SP-LAA
MSN: 11004
Year of manufacture:1971
Engine model:Kuznetsov NK-8-4
Fatalities:Fatalities: 87 / Occupants: 87
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:0,8 km NW of Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW) -   Poland
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK)
Destination airport:Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW/EPWA)
When approaching Warsaw after a flight from New York, the crew initiated an overshoot procedure due to problems with the locking of the landing gear.
When power was increased, the no. 2 engine disintegrated. Debris of the no. 2 engine damaged rudder and elevator control lines, causing the Ilyushin to enter an uncontrolled descent. The aircraft struck the ground in a 20 degree nose down attitude and burst into flames, some 800 m short of the runway 15 threshold.

PROBABLE CAUSE: Metal fatigue of a turbine disc in the no. 2 engine.


Soviet Transports


  • 6th worst accident in 1980
  • 7th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 4th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) Werner Fischdick; Frankfurt International Airport (FRA); 08 February 1975

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