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.
|Date:||Saturday 3 March 1973|
|Operator:||Balkan Bulgarian Airlines|
|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)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport (SOF/LBSF), Bulgaria|
|Destination airport:||Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO/UUEE), Russia|
PROBABLE CAUSE: Tail plane icing.
» ICAO Circular 132-AN/93 (63-67)
LZ-BEM pictured here while on a temporary lease to Bulair
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.