Narrative:There was heavy snowfall at Sofia Airport, Bulgaria as an Antonov 24 was preparing for the evening flight to Varna (VAR). The airplane was de-iced and taxied towards the runway. The runway was closed for snow removal.
|Date:||Saturday 22 November 1975|
|Operator:||Balkan Bulgarian Airlines|
|C/n / msn:|| 67302707|
|First flight:|| 1966|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 42|
|Total:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 45 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport (SOF) (Bulgaria)
|Phase:|| Takeoff (TOF)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport (SOF/LBSF), Bulgaria|
|Destination airport:||Varna Airport (VAR/LBWN), Bulgaria|
When the runway had been cleared, the crew were cleared for takeoff. However, the holdover time for de-icing had passed. Takeoff was commenced without de-icing. The An-24 failed to gain height on takeoff and came down in a ravine of the Iskar River. There was no fire. The co-pilot was killed and two passengers drowned in the water.
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Distance from Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport to Varna Airport as the crow flies is 362 km (226 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.