ASN Aircraft accident Ilyushin Il-76MD CCCP-76569 Sumqayit
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Date:Wednesday 18 October 1989
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL76 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-76MD
Operator:Soviet Air Force
Registration: CCCP-76569
MSN: 0033448421
First flight: 1983
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 50 / Occupants: 50
Total:Fatalities: 57 / Occupants: 57
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) off Sumqayit (   Azerbaijan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Sumqayit-Nasosnaya Air Base, Azerbaijan
Destination airport:Bolgrad-Zhovtneve Air Base, Ukraine
The Ilyushin took off from an airport in Azerbaijan carrying paratroopers. Shortly after takeoff the no. 1 engine caught fire. The crew attempted to return to the airport, but the fire had weakened the structure of the wing. First the engine separated, then the airplane crashed in shallow water of the Caspian Sea, some 1500 m offshore.

Engine fire
Loss of control

» Scramble 253
» Scramble Vol.13, nr.03
» Volkskrant 20.10.1989


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Distance from Sumqayit-Nasosnaya Air Base to Bolgrad-Zhovtneve Air Base as the crow flies is 2229 km (1393 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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