Narrative:Flight 101 departed Budapest at 10:46 for a flight to Prague and Berlin. Weather at Prague had deteriorated, so the crew diverted to Bratislava where the aircraft landed at 11:58. Weather at Prague seemed to be OK, so the flight departed at 15:28. The aircraft crashed into wooded ground in the mountains at 288 m agl.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The commission could not definitely establish the cause of the IL-18 (LZ-BEN) aircraft.
The Commission assumed that the most probable cause of the accident was insufficient evaluation of terrain relief and weather conditions in the Bratislava Airport control zone by the aircraft crew and lack of adaption of the flight to these conditions."
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain
» ICAO Aircraft Accident Digest No.16 - Volume II, Circular 82-AN/69 (89-101)
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Bratislava-Ivanka Airport to Praha-Ruzyne International Airport as the crow flies is 301 km (188 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.