Accident description
Last updated: 28 November 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 13 May 1977
Time:ca 08:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 12BP
Operator:LOT Polskie Linie Lotnicze
Registration: SP-LZA
C/n / msn: 6344307
First flight: 1966
Engines: 4 Ivchenko AI-20M
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Aramoun (   Lebanon) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Varna Airport (VAR/LBWN), Bulgaria
Destination airport:Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon
Narrative:
The Antonov departed from Varna at 05:30 for the last leg of the Warszawa-Varna-Beirut flight. The aircraft approached Beirut and was cleared for a runway 21 ADF approach and descent to 1500 feet. Language difficulties forced Beirut Area Control to repeat these instructions. Nothing more was heard from the flight. It appeared that the aircraft had crashed 8km SE of Beirut at an elevation of 2100 feet, striking high tension wires, trees and stone terraces.

Classification:

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Soviet Transports


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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 Varna Airport to Beirut International Airport as the crow flies is 1231 km (769 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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