Flugunfall 21 DEC 1971 einer Ilyushin Il-18V LZ-BES - Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport (SOF)
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Datum:Dienstag 21 Dezember 1971
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyuschin Il-18V
Fluggesellschaft:Balkan Bulgarian Airlines
Kennzeichen: LZ-BES
Werknummer: 185008104
Baujahr: 1965
Triebwerk: 4 Ivchenko AI-20K
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 11
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 26 / Insassen: 62
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 28 / Insassen: 73
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport (SOF) (   Bulgarien)
Flugphase: Start (TOF)
Betriebsart:Internationaler außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport (SOF/LBSF), Bulgarien
Flug nach:Algiers-Dar el Beida Airport (ALG/DAAG), Algerien
Crashed on takeoff.
The aircraft had just undergone extensive maintenance. Reportedly the elevator controls were crossed, causing a control reversal.
The aircraft carried Bulgarian cultural delegation, among others the Sofia Orchestra, to festivities in Algeria. A well known singer, Pasha Hristova, was killed in the crash.

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photo of Ilyushin-Il-18V-LZ-BES
accident date: 21-12-1971
type: Ilyushin Il-18V
registration: LZ-BES

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 Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport to Algiers-Dar el Beida Airport as the crow flies is 1834 km (1146 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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.
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