Accident description
Last updated: 18 April 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Tuesday 18 May 2004
Time:ca 10:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL76 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin 76TD
Operating for:Azal Cargo
Leased from:Silk Way Airlines
Registration: 4K-AZ27
C/n / msn: 0053460827
First flight: 1985
Engines: 4 Soloviev D-30KP-2
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:10 km (6.3 mls) from Urumqi Airport (URC) (   China) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Urumqi Airport (URC/ZWWW), China
Destination airport:Baku-Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD/UBBB), Azerbaijan
Narrative:
The Ilyushin freighter, loaded with clothes and convenience goods, departed Taiyuan, China at 05:50 for a cargo flight to Riga, Latvia. Intermediate stops were planned at Urumqi and Baku, Azerbaijan. The airplane touched down at Urumqi at 09:10, taxied to the apron where it was refueled. At 10:48 the flight took off from Urumqi for the next leg to Baku. Some two minutes after takeoff the plane apparently descended, crashing nose-first into a farm. The Il-76 was reportedly owned by Silk Way Airlines and leased to Azal.
The METAR report for Urumqi for the accident time (ca. 02:50 Z) read:
ZWWW 180200Z 17010MPS CAVOK 30/M32 Q1012 NOSIG=
ZWWW 180300Z 16010MPS CAVOK 33/M30 Q1011 NOSIG=


Sources:
» Channelnewsasia,
» MAK
» Xinhua
» Itar-tass


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Distance from Urumqi Airport to Baku-Heydar Aliyev International Airport as the crow flies is 3059 km (1912 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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