Accident Ilyushin Il-62 OK-DBF, Wednesday 20 August 1975
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Date:Wednesday 20 August 1975
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL62 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Ilyushin Il-62
Owner/operator:CSA Ceskoslovenské Aerolinie
Registration: OK-DBF
MSN: 31502
Year of manufacture:1973
Total airframe hrs:4000 hours
Engine model:Kuznetsov NK-8-4
Fatalities:Fatalities: 126 / Occupants: 128
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:17 km NE of Damascus International Airport (DAM) -   Syria
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Praha-Ruzyne International Airport (PRG/LKPR)
Destination airport:Damascus International Airport (DAM/OSDI)
CSA Flight 540, an Ilyushin Il-62, impacted terrain while approaching Damascus International Airport, Syria.
OK540 was a regular international service from Prague, Czechoslovakia, to Tehran, Iran with en route stops at Damascus, Syrian and Baghdad, Iraq. The Il-62, named "Brno Trade Fair", took off from Prague at 19:35, August 19. The copilot was Pilot Flying on this leg.
Past midnight local time, the airplane approached Damascus. Weather was fine with good visibility and wind 230 degrees at 10 kts. The flight was cleared for an approach to runway 23R. About 17 km from the airport, the Il-62 struck level ground at 605 m asl. The airplane broke up and caught fire. Two passengers survived the accident.

The probable cause could not be determined.


Soviet Transports


  • 3rd worst accident in 1975
  • 5th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 3rd worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport (AMS); May 1975

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