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Accident description
Last updated: 1 December 2015
Date:Tuesday 10 January 1984
Type:Tupolev 134A
Operator:Balkan Bulgarian Airlines
Registration: LZ-TUR
C/n / msn: 4352308
First flight: 1974
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 45 / Occupants: 45
Total:Fatalities: 50 / Occupants: 50
Airplane 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 80-100m 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.
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