Accident description
Last updated: 19 April 2014
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Friday 17 July 1998
Time:04:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL76 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin 78
Operating for:Air Sofia
Leased from:Ukrainian Cargo Airways
Registration: UR-UCI
C/n / msn: 0083481440
First flight: 1988
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4,4 km (2.8 mls) ENE of Asmara-Yohannes IV Airport (ASM) (   Eritrea) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Bourgas Airport (BOJ/LBBG), Bulgaria
Destination airport:Asmara International Airport (ASM/HAAY), Eritrea
Flightnumber: 701
Narrative:
The Ilyushin was chartered by a Bulgarian company in February and operated on a Bourgas (BOJ) to Asmara (ASM) flight at the time of the accident. The plane was on an instrument approach to Asmara and reported on finals with runway in sight. A little later the aircraft struck a hill 4,4 km from the airport at an altitude of 2321m/7618 feet. Weather was reported: wind 300/8 kts, QNH 1024 mB, temperature 13 deg.C., dew point 12 deg. C with broken clouds at 300 m.
The Il-78 is a tanker plane, version of the Il-76, but could be converted back for transport flights.


Events:

Sources:
» CNN
» ICAO Adrep
» Reuters
» Scramble 233
» AFP


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photo of Ilyushin 76 UR-76415
Ilyushin 76 UR-76415, which was later re-registred UR-UCI
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Ilyushin 76 UR-76415, which was later re-registred UR-UCI
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Map
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 Bourgas Airport to Asmara International Airport as the crow flies is 3200 km (2000 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.
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