Accident Tupolev Tu-134A DM-SCM, Tuesday 22 November 1977
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Date:Tuesday 22 November 1977
Time:10:32
Type:Silhouette image of generic T134 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Tupolev Tu-134A
Owner/operator:Interflug
Registration: DM-SCM
MSN: 3351904
Year of manufacture:1973
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 79
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF) -   Germany
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO/UUEE)
Destination airport:Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF/EDDB)
Narrative:
Interflug flight 601, a Tupolev Tu-134A, suffered a hard landing at Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF), East Germany.
The flight from Moscow was uneventful and the approach to runway 25L was flown on the autopilot. The captain planned to switch off the autopilot at 60 m altitude, which was the established minimum altitude for an automated approach.
The captain stated he was not able to switch off the autopilot. While continuing the descent, the pilot was using elevator input to counter the autopilot. While over the runway the descent rate increased and the plane hit the runway at a speed of 280 km/h and a sinkrate of 6-8 metres/sec. The left wing was torn off, the landing gear collapsed and the fuselage skidded for 400 metres before coming to rest next to runway 25L.

Sources:

Flugzeughavarie in Berlin-Schönefeld, Info Nr. 736/77
Soviet Transports
Interflug.net
Weg und Absturz der Interflug / K-D. Seifert

Location

Images:


photo (c) Gerd Ritter; Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF); 22 November 1977


photo (c) Andreas Seifert; Diepensee Museum; 1995


photo (c) Dietrich Eggert, via Werner Fischdick; Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF); May 1975

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