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Last updated: 30 March 2017
Fecha:miércoles 23 marzo 2005
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic IL76 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin 76TD
Operador:Airline Transport
Registración: ER-IBR
Numéro de série: 0043454623
Año de Construcción: 1984
Horas Totales de la Célula:2615
Motores: 4 Soloviev D-30KP-2
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 8 / Ocupantes: 8
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 8 / Ocupantes: 8
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:1,1 km (0.7 milles) W de la costa de Mwanza Airport (MWZ) (   Tanzania)
Fase: Ascenso Inicial (ICL)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Mwanza Airport (MWZ/HTMW), Tanzania
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Khartoum-Civil Airport (KRT/HSSS), Sudán
Número de Vuelo: 982
The Ilyushin was chartered to fly 50 tons of fish fillet from Mwanza to Osijek, Croatia. The airplane was to make scheduled refueling stops at Khartoum and Benghazi. The crew decided to take off from runway 30, heading towards Lake Victoria. The airplane was configured for a takeoff weight of 174 tons with the stabilizer set at -3.3 degrees. The actual weight was probably around 182 tons, which was still within limits. The aircraft lifted off the runway at 263 kph after rolling for about 2800 metres. It subsequently climbed to 29 m at which altitude it leveled off for 4.5 seconds. After that the airplane began to descend gradually. Four seconds into descent, the commander ordered the retraction of flaps. By this time the aircraft was already descending at the rate of 3.5 m/sec and the speed was increasing. At the last moment they noted that the descent and suddenly initiated a climb. The airplane then contacted the water and crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was caused by aircraft colliding with the water surface shortly after take off.
While the aircraft had gathered sufficient energy to sustain climb, the crew failed to monitor altitude and react correctly in the short time that the aircraft was
airborne. This resulted in the aircraft going into descent till it reached an altitude where recovery was not possible.
The possibility of crew fatigue as a contributory factor in this accident cannot be ruled out."


Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) - Mauritania
report status: Final
report number: No. CAV/ACC/3/05
report released:1 January 2007
duration of investigation: 1 year and 9 months
download report: Report on the accident to Ilyushin IL-76TD aircraft registration ER-IBR which occurred on 23 March 2005 in Lake Victoria (Tanzania CAA No. CAV/ACC/3/05)


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Distance from Mwanza Airport to Khartoum-Civil Airport as the crow flies is 1996 km (1248 miles).

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