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Last updated: 18 April 2019
Date:Saturday 17 June 1989
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL62 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-62M
Registration: DDR-SEW
C/n / msn: 2850324
First flight: 1988
Engines: 4 Soloviev D-30KU
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 103
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 113
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF) (   Germany)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF/EDDB), Germany
Destination airport:Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO/UUEE), Russia
A jammed rudder and elevator caused the pilot to abort the takeoff at lift-off. The aircraft overran runway 25L, collided with obstacles and caught fire.


Runway excursion

» Soviet Transports
» ICAO Adrep Summary 4/89 (#36)

Follow-up / safety actions
Temporary grounding of all Interflug Ilyushin 62 aircraft. Nine of Interflug's 11 remaining IL-62 aircraft had been cleared the day after the accident.


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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 Berlin-Schönefeld Airport to Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport as the crow flies is 1585 km (991 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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