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Last updated: 21 March 2019
Date:Wednesday 17 December 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-18V
Operator:Ramaer Cargo
Registration: RA-75554
C/n / msn: 185008404
First flight: 1965
Total airframe hrs:18766
Engines: 4 Ivchenko AI-20K
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Johannesburg International Airport (JNB) (   South Africa)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Johannesburg International Airport (JNB/FAJS), South Africa
Destination airport:Bujumbura International Airport (BJM/HBBA), Burundi
Flightnumber: 202
The Ilyushin had been cleared for a runway 03L takeoff. The takeoff run was normal until VR. At VR the captain experienced high elevator stick forces and the plane failed to accelerate further. Takeoff was aborted and the aircraft overran the runway. The nosegear struck a threshold light and the left main gear leg collapsed after striking a concrete plinth. The no. 1 engine separated from the wing and a fire erupted. It appeared that the aircraft was overloaded by 5t and the forward CofG was outside limits.

Centre of Gravity outside limits

Runway excursion

» Soviet Transports
» ICAO Adrep Summary 4/98 (#62)
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Distance from Johannesburg International Airport to Bujumbura International Airport as the crow flies is 2531 km (1582 miles).

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