Accident description
Last updated: 24 November 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 14 March 1980
Time:ca 11:00
Type:Ilyushin 62
Operator:LOT Polskie Linie Lotnicze
Registration: SP-LAA
C/n / msn: 11004
First flight: 1971
Engines: 4 Kuznetsov NK-8-4
Crew:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 77 / Occupants: 77
Total:Fatalities: 87 / Occupants: 87
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW) (   Poland) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America
Destination airport:Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW/EPWA), Poland
Flightnumber: 007
Narrative:
When approaching Warsaw after a flight from New York, the crew initiated an overshoot procedure due to problems with the locking of the landing gear.
When power was increased, the no. 2 engine disintegrated. Debris of the no. 2 engine damaged rudder and elevator control lines, causing the Ilyushin to enter an uncontrolled descend. The aircraft struck the ground in a 20deg. nose down attitude and exploded while on finals to runway 15.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Metal fatigue of a turbine disc in the no. 2 engine.


Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» Soviet Transports


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Distance from New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY to Warszawa-Okecie Airport as the crow flies is 6801 km (4250 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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