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Last updated: 25 August 2019
Date:Monday 18 January 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-18D
Operator:Balkan Bulgarian Airlines
Registration: LZ-BED
C/n / msn: 186009002
First flight: 1966
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 38 / Occupants: 39
Total:Fatalities: 45 / Occupants: 47
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:0,7 km (0.4 mls) N of Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH) (   Switzerland)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG/LFPB), France
Destination airport:Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH/LSZH), Switzerland
An Ilyushin 18D passenger plane was destroyed when it crashed near Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH), Switzerland. Seven crew members and 38 passengers were killed. One passenger and the captain survived the crash.
The airplane operated on a regular passenger service from Paris, France to Sofia, Bulgaria with an en route stop at Zürich, Switzerland.
The Ilyushin approached Zurich in marginal weather conditions with a runway visual range of 1000 m. At the Middle Marker the aircraft was to the right of and below the glide path. The crew tried to correct this, but the airplane struck the ground with the left wingtip and gear. Control was lost and the aircraft crashed in flames.

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Distance from Paris-Le Bourget Airport to Zürich-Kloten Airport as the crow flies is 479 km (299 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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