Narrative:The IL-76 transport plane operated on a cargo flight from Yekaterinburg to Africa with several en route stops. After a stopover at Belgrade, the crew forgot to switch on the AC/DC converter following start-up of the engines so that the 27 V electrical system continued to be fed from the batteries. After departure the batteries ran flat and all avionics and boosters were left without power. The crew made several unsuccessful attempts to conduct an emergency landing at Belgrade, due to night and difficult weather conditions. During one of these attempts the aircraft crashed in a corn field 800 metres from the runway, killing all 8 crew and 3 passengers.
|Date:||Monday 19 August 1996|
|C/n / msn:|| 083414451|
|First flight:|| 1978|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Total:||Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||0,8 km (0.5 mls) from Beograd Airport (BEG) ( Serbia)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Departure airport:||Beograd Airport (BEG/LYBE), Serbia|
|Destination airport:||Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA/LMML), Malta|
» International Herald Tribune 20.8.1996
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» St. Petersburg Times 20.8.96
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 Beograd Airport to Malta-Luqa Airport as the crow flies is 1104 km (690 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.