Accident Ilyushin Il-76TD ER-IBR,
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Date:Wednesday 23 March 2005
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL76 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Ilyushin Il-76TD
Owner/operator:Airline Transport
Registration: ER-IBR
MSN: 0043454623
Year of manufacture:1984
Total airframe hrs:2615 hours
Cycles:1548 flights
Engine model:Soloviev D-30KP-2
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:1,1 km W off Mwanza Airport (MWZ) -   Tanzania
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Mwanza Airport (MWZ/HTMW)
Destination airport:Khartoum-Civil Airport (KRT/HSSS)
Investigating agency: Tanzania CAA
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
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: "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."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: Tanzania CAA
Report number: No. CAV/ACC/3/05
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 9 months
Download report: Final report





photo (c) Peter Marianic; Bratislava-Ivanka Airport (BTS); 2004

photo (c) Michel Vandervoort; Dubai Airport (DXB); 09 January 2005

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