Narrative:At Sofia Airport all civil traffic had been halted because of the departure of the Bulgarian "Air Force One" Tupolev 154, carrying Bulgarian leader Todor Zhivkov. Because of a delay of this flight, the air traffic controller cleared The Hemus Air Yak-40 for takeoff, asking the crew to expedite their departure. Trying to leave in a hurry, the crew forgot to set the trim correctly. Consequently, the aircraft failed to become airborne. It overran runway 09 into a ravine of the Iskar River and burst in flames.
|Date:||Tuesday 2 August 1988|
|C/n / msn:|| 9620247|
|First flight:|| 1976|
|Engines:|| 3 Ivchenko AI-25|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 33|
|Total:||Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 37 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport (SOF) (Bulgaria)
|Phase:|| Takeoff (TOF)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport (SOF/LBSF), Bulgaria|
|Destination airport:||Varna Airport (VAR/LBWN), Bulgaria|
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» NRC Handelsblad 03.08.1988
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 Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport to Varna Airport as the crow flies is 362 km (226 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.