Accident description
Last updated: 2 September 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 3 March 1973
Time:12:45
Type:Ilyushin 18V
Operator:Balkan Bulgarian Airlines
Registration: LZ-BEM
C/n / msn: 182005602
First flight: 1962
Engines: 4 Ivchenko AI-20K
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 25
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) (   Russia) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport (SOF/LBSF), Bulgaria
Destination airport:Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO/UUEE), Russia
Flightnumber: 307
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.

Classification:
Icing
Loss of control

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 132-AN/93 (63-67)


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Map
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 Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport as the crow flies is 1772 km (1107 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.
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