Accident Ilyushin Il-18D LZ-BED, Monday 18 January 1971
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Date:Monday 18 January 1971
Time:16:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Ilyushin Il-18D
Owner/operator:Balkan Bulgarian Airlines
Registration: LZ-BED
MSN: 186009002
Year of manufacture:1966
Fatalities:Fatalities: 45 / Occupants: 47
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:0,7 km N of Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH) -   Switzerland
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG/LFPB)
Destination airport:Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH/LSZH)
Narrative:
An Ilyushin 18D passenger plane was destroyed when it crashed near Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH), Switzerland. Seven crew members and 38 passengers were killed. One passenger and the captain survived the crash.
The airplane operated on a regular passenger service from Paris, France to Sofia, Bulgaria with an en route stop at Zürich, Switzerland.
The Ilyushin approached Zurich in marginal weather conditions with a runway visual range of 1000 m. At the Middle Marker the aircraft was to the right of and below the glide path. The crew tried to correct this, but the airplane struck the ground with the left wingtip and gear. Control was lost and the aircraft crashed in flames.

Sources:

Soviet Transports
World Aircraft Accident Summary - CAP 479
Flight International 28 January 1971

Statistics

  • 15th worst accident in 1971
  • 24th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 13th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

Location

Images:


photo (c) ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Swissair; near Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH); 18 January 1971; (CC:by-sa)


photo (c) ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Swissair; near Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH); 18 January 1971; (CC:by-sa)


photo (c) ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Swissair; near Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH); 18 January 1971; (CC:by-sa)


photo (c) ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Swissair; near Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH); 18 January 1971; (CC:by-sa)


photo (c) ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Swissair; near Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH); 18 January 1971; (CC:by-sa)


photo (c) ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Swissair; near Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH); 18 January 1971; (CC:by-sa)


photo (c) ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Swissair; near Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH); 18 January 1971; (CC:by-sa)


photo (c) ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Swissair; near Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH); 18 January 1971; (CC:by-sa)


photo (c) ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Swissair (CC:by-sa)


photo (c) ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv / Swissair (CC:by-sa)


photo (c) Ralf P. Kokoschka; Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel Airport (HAM/EDDH); 17 June 1970

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