Narrative:The Tupolev descended below decision altitude while the crew were trying to make visual contact with the runway in heavy snow.
|Date:||Tuesday 10 January 1984|
|Operator:||Balkan Bulgarian Airlines|
|C/n / msn:|| 4352308|
|First flight:|| 1974|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 45 / Occupants: 45|
|Total:||Fatalities: 50 / Occupants: 50 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||4 km (2.5 mls) from Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport (SOF) (Bulgaria)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF/EDDB), Germany|
|Destination airport:||Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport (SOF/LBSF), Bulgaria|
At an altitude of 80-100m an overshoot was attempted, but the aircraft struck a power line and crashed in a forest, 4km short of the runway.
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Distance from Berlin-Schönefeld Airport to Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport as the crow flies is 1296 km (810 miles).
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.