ASN Aircraft accident Ilyushin Il-18D B-222 Chongqing Baishiyi Airport
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Status:Information verified through authorities or other official sources.
Date:Monday 18 January 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-18D
Operator:China Southwest Airlines
Registration: B-222
MSN: 187009901
First flight: 1967
Engines: 4 Ivchenko AI-20M
Crew:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 98 / Occupants: 98
Total:Fatalities: 108 / Occupants: 108
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5,7 km (3.6 mls) NW of Chongqing Baishiyi Airport (   China)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Beijing-Capital International Airport (PEK/ZBAA), China
Destination airport:Chongqing Baishiyi Airport, China
The Ilyushin Il-18D took off from Beijing, China at 19:05 on a domestic flight to Chongqing Baishiyu Airport.
About 21:50 hours the no.4 engine failed. A fire erupted in the area and at 21:57 the engine attachment structure had weakened due to the fire and the engine separated. The aircraft became difficult to control until a point were the flight crew was not able to hold altitude. The aircraft impacted sloping terrain, killing all on board.
It appeared that the no. 4 engine right starter generator became so hot that the feathering oil tube was burnt. The oil tube burst upon feathering of the prop and the engine caught fire.

Engine fire
Engine separation
Loss of control

» Aviation Week & Space Technology 25.01.1988 (p.34)
» ICAO Adrep Summary 2/88 (#53)
» Soviet Transports


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Distance from Beijing-Capital International Airport to Chongqing Baishiyi Airport as the crow flies is 1490 km (931 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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