Accident Antonov An-24V LZ-ANA, Saturday 22 November 1975
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Date:Saturday 22 November 1975
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Antonov An-24V
Owner/operator:Balkan Bulgarian Airlines
Registration: LZ-ANA
MSN: 67302707
Year of manufacture:1966
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 45
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport (SOF) -   Bulgaria
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport (SOF/LBSF)
Destination airport:Varna Airport (VAR/LBWN)
There was heavy snowfall at Sofia Airport, Bulgaria as an Antonov 24 was preparing for the evening flight to Varna (VAR). The airplane was de-iced and taxied towards runway 10 for departure. However, the runway was closed for snow removal.
When the runway had been cleared, the crew were cleared for takeoff. However, the holdover time for de-icing had passed. Takeoff was commenced without de-icing. The An-24 failed to gain height on takeoff and came down in a ravine of the Iskar River. There was no fire. The co-pilot was killed and two passengers drowned in the water.


Flight International 27 November 75(778)
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