Accident Ilyushin Il-18V LZ-BEM, Saturday 3 March 1973
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Date:Saturday 3 March 1973
Time:12:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Ilyushin Il-18V
Owner/operator:Balkan Bulgarian Airlines
Registration: LZ-BEM
MSN: 182005602
Year of manufacture:1962
Engine model:Ivchenko AI-20K
Fatalities:Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 25
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) -   Russia
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport (SOF/LBSF)
Destination airport:Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO/UUEE)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
After a missed approach, the crew were executing a second attempt at landing, when the aircraft began to loose height rapidly, went into a nosedive, crashed into the ground, disintegrated and caught fire. The exact cause of the accident could not be accurately determined, but it was thought that there was possibly icing on the stabiliser, a significant pitch manoeuvre and full landing flaps extended at the time of the accident.

PROBABLE CAUSE: Tail plane icing.

Sources:

ICAO Circular 132-AN/93 (63-67)

Statistics

  • 31st worst accident in 1973
  • 36th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 24th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

Location

Images:


photo (c) Werner Fischdick; Düsseldorf Airport (DUS); 16 September 1971

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