ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev Tu-134A LZ-TUR Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport (SOF)
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Date:Tuesday 10 January 1984
Type:Silhouette image of generic T134 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev Tu-134A
Operator:Balkan Bulgarian Airlines
Registration: LZ-TUR
MSN: 4352308
First flight: 1974
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 45 / Occupants: 45
Total:Fatalities: 50 / Occupants: 50
Aircraft damage: 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
The Tupolev descended below decision altitude while the crew were trying to make visual contact with the runway in heavy snow.
At an altitude of 80-100 m an overshoot was attempted, but the aircraft struck a power line and crashed in a forest, 4 km short of the runway.

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photo of Tupolev-Tu-134A-LZ-TUR
accident date: 10-01-1984
type: Tupolev Tu-134A
registration: LZ-TUR
photo of Tupolev-Tu-134A-LZ-TUR
accident date: 10-01-1984
type: Tupolev Tu-134A
registration: LZ-TUR

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 Berlin-Schönefeld Airport to Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport as the crow flies is 1296 km (810 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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