Accident description
Last updated: 22 September 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 1 September 1975
Type:Tupolev 134
Operator:Interflug
Registration: DM-SCD
C/n / msn: 9350702
First flight: 1969
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 28
Total:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 34
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Leipzig Airport (LEJ) (   Germany) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Stuttgart-Echterdingen Airport (STR/EDDS), Germany
Destination airport:Leipzig Airport (LEJ/EDDP), Germany
Narrative:
The Tupolev was on a Precision Approach Radar (PAR) approach to Leipzig. The radar controller however failed to monitor the flight during the last 3200 metres. Also the crew did not check the decision height for their approach to Leipzig. The Tupolev descended below the glide path, struck a radio mast short of the runway and crashed.
The captain was sentenced to 5 years in prison, the other crew members and the radar controller to 3 years each.


PROBABLE CAUSE: "Das Flugzeug kollidierte infolge Unterschreitung der Mindestflughöhe mit dem Antennenmast in der Höhe von 2-3 m über dem Erdboden. Dabei wurde die linke Tragfläche beschädigt und das linke Triebwerk herausgerissen. Danach drehte das Flugzeug um die Längsachse und schlug auf dem Erdboden auf."
Translated: The airplane collided with the antenna at a height of 2-3 m above the ground, because it was flying below the minimum flight altitude. The left wing was damaged and the left engine separated. Afterwards the airplane turned around the longitudinal axis and impacted the ground.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» Soviet Transports
» Flight International 03.01.1976 (4)
» Thomas Brügge
» Weg und Absturz der Interflug / K-D. Seifert


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Distance from Stuttgart-Echterdingen Airport to Leipzig Airport as the crow flies is 370 km (231 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.
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