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.
|Date:||Monday 18 January 1971|
|Operator:||Balkan Bulgarian Airlines|
|C/n / msn:|| 186009002|
|First flight:|| 1966|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 8|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 38 / Occupants: 39|
|Total:||Fatalities: 45 / Occupants: 47 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||0,7 km (0.4 mls) N of Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH) ( Switzerland)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG/LFPB), France|
|Destination airport:||Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH/LSZH), Switzerland|
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.
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Distance from Paris-Le Bourget Airport to Zürich-Kloten Airport as the crow flies is 479 km (299 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.