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Last updated: 18 February 2019
Datum:Mittwoch 3 April 1996
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing T-43A (737)
Fluggesellschaft:United States Air Force - USAF
Kennzeichen: 73-1149
Werknummer: 20696/347
Baujahr: 1974-03-27 (22 years )
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 6 / Insassen: 6
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 29 / Insassen: 29
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 35 / Insassen: 35
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:16 km (10 Meilen) SE of Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) (   Kroatien)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Flug von:Tuzla International Airport (TZL/LQTZ), Bosnien-Herzegowina
Flug nach:Dubrovnik Airport (DBV/LDDU), Kroatien
Flugnummer: 21
Flight IFOR21 took off from Tuzla for a flight to Dubrovnik. While making an NDB approach to RWY 12 the aircraft crashed into a hill at 2300 feet, 1,7nm left of the extended centerline and 1,8nm North of RWY 12 at a speed of 133 knots and a 118° right bank.
It appeared that the T-43 had strayed off course, because the aircraft flew a 110° bearing instead of 119°, after passing the KLP beacon (final approach fix). Weather at the time was visibility 8 km in light / moderate rain; 120°/12 knots wind; cloud base at 120 m broken and 600 m overcast; temp. 12°C.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE: (1) Command failure to comply with directives that required a review of all instrument approach procedures, not approved by the Defense Dept. (2) Preflight planning errors, combined with errors made during the flight made by the aircrew. (3) Improper design of the Dubrovnik NDB.

» Aviation Week & Space Technology 15.04.96(26,27)
» Aviation Week & Space Technology 17.06.96(71-72)
» Flight International 17-23 April 1996 (6)
» Flight International 19-25 June 1996 (20)
» Air Safety Week 8 April 1996 (p. 8)
» Aviation Week & Space Technology 8.4.96(25-26)
» Flight International 10-16 April 1996 (8)
» DOD News Briefing Friday, June 7, 1996
» Dubrovnik-bound Flight Crew’s Improperly Flown Nonprecision Instrument Approach Results in Controlled-flight-into-terrain Accident (Flight Safety Foundation - Flight Safety Digest, July-August 1996)


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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 Tuzla International Airport to Dubrovnik Airport as the crow flies is 213 km (133 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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