Narrative:The Antonov was leased from Air Sofia by Air Luxor to carry mail from and to the Azores Islands. During take-off from runway 33 at Lajes, the nr.3 engine shut down and the propeller automatically feathered. This caused the plane to veer to the right. Just six seconds later the nr.4 engine also shut down. The airplane veered further right and stalled. It entered a spin and crashed nose down into a small hill, a few hundred meters past the runway.
|Status:||Preliminary - official|
|Date:||Wednesday 4 February 1998|
|Operating for:||Air Luxor|
|Leased from:||Air Sofia|
|C/n / msn:|| 3341605|
|First flight:|| 1963|
|Engines:|| 4 Ivchenko AI-20M|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||NE of Terceira-Lajes Airport, Azores (TER) (Portugal)
|Phase:|| Initial climb (ICL)|
|Departure airport:||Terceira-Lajes Airport, Azores (TER/LPLA), Portugal|
|Destination airport:||Lisboa-Portela de Sacavém Airport (LIS/LPPT), Portugal|
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Distance from Terceira-Lajes Airport, Azores to Lisboa-Portela de Sacavém Airport as the crow flies is 1544 km (965 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.