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Accident description
Last updated: 13 October 2015
Date:Saturday 17 June 1989
Type:Ilyushin 62M
Registration: DDR-SEW
C/n / msn: 2850324
First flight: 1988
Engines: 4 Soloviev D-30KU
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 103
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 113
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF) (   Germany)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF/EDDB), Germany
Destination airport:Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO/UUEE), Russia
A jammed rudder and elevator caused the pilot to abort the takeoff at lift-off. The aircraft overran runway 25L, collided with obstacles and caught fire.


Runway excursion

» Soviet Transports
» ICAO Adrep Summary 4/89 (#36)

Follow-up / safety actions
Temporary grounding of all Interflug Ilyushin 62 aircraft. Nine of Interflug's 11 remaining IL-62 aircraft had been cleared the day after the accident.


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Distance from Berlin-Schönefeld Airport to Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport as the crow flies is 1585 km (991 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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