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Accident description
Last updated: 24 May 2016
Date:Thursday 16 March 1978
Type:Tupolev 134
Operator:Balkan Bulgarian Airlines
Registration: LZ-TUB
C/n / msn: 8350501
First flight: 1968
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 66 / Occupants: 66
Total:Fatalities: 73 / Occupants: 73
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Gabare (   Bulgaria)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport (SOF/LBSF), Bulgaria
Destination airport:Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW/EPWA), Poland
The aircraft began an abnormal descent after reaching an altitude of 4900 m and struck the ground near Gabare.

Loss of control (presumed)

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Distance from Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport to Warszawa-Okecie Airport as the crow flies is 1061 km (663 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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