Accident Antonov An-12BP SP-LZA, Friday 13 May 1977
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Date:Friday 13 May 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Antonov An-12BP
Owner/operator:LOT Polskie Linie Lotnicze
Registration: SP-LZA
MSN: 6344307
Year of manufacture:1966
Engine model:Ivchenko AI-20M
Fatalities:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Aramoun -   Lebanon
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Varna Airport (VAR/LBWN)
Destination airport:Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA)
The Antonov departed from Varna at 05:30 for the last leg of the Warszawa-Varna-Beirut flight. The aircraft approached Beirut and was cleared for a runway 21 ADF approach and descent to 1500 feet. Language difficulties forced Beirut Area Control to repeat these instructions. Nothing more was heard from the flight. It appeared that the aircraft had crashed 8 km SE of Beirut at an elevation of 2100 feet, striking high tension wires, trees and stone terraces.


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  • 47th worst accident in 1977
  • 54th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 14th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (ARN); June 1974

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