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Last updated: 26 March 2019
Date:Friday 14 March 1980
Time:ca 11:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL62 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-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
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW) (   Poland)
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
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.

Uncontained engine failure
Loss of control

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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).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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