Narrative:The Ilyushin had arrived on July 12 after a flight from Baku (Azerbaijan) and was scheduled to fly on to Nikolaev. The aircraft was loaded with general cargo (a.o. watermelons), which was completed at 21:40. However, the airplane was overloaded 15.5 -25.5 tonnes over the maximum permitted weight for a departure in the given circumstances, and 13-23 tonnes over the certified maximum allowable takeoff weight. The plane took off from Ras al Khaimah runway 34 at 23:11 and climbed slowly to a height of 180 m, accelerating to 400 km/h. As the flaps were retracted, the GPWS sounded and the pilot incorrectly moved the control column forward. The aircraft flew into the sea and broke up.
|Date:||Monday 13 July 1998|
|C/n / msn:|| 0063470096|
|First flight:|| 1986|
|Total airframe hrs:||3569|
|Engines:|| 4 Soloviev D-30KP|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Total:||Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||off Ra'sal-Khaymah Airport (RKT) (United Arab Emirates)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Departure airport:||Ra'sal-Khaymah Airport (RKT/OMRK), United Arab Emirates|
|Destination airport:||Nikolaev Airport (NLV/UKON), Ukraine|
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Distance from Ra'sal-Khaymah Airport to Nikolaev Airport as the crow flies is 3166 km (1979 miles).