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Status:Offizieller Zwischenbericht
Datum:Freitag 17 Juli 1998
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic IL76 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyuschin Il-78
Betrieben durch:Air Sofia
Gemietet von :Ukrainian Cargo Airways
Kennzeichen: UR-UCI
Werknummer: 0083481440
Baujahr: 1988
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 9 / Insassen: 9
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 1
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 10 / Insassen: 10
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:4,4 km (2.8 Meilen) ENE of Asmara International Airport (ASM) (   Eritrea)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Flug von:Bourgas Airport (BOJ/LBBG), Bulgarien
Flug nach:Asmara International Airport (ASM/HAAY), Eritrea
Flugnummer: 701
The Ilyushin was chartered by a Bulgarian company in February and operated on a Bourgas (BOJ) to Asmara (ASM) flight at the time of the accident. The plane was on an instrument approach to Asmara and reported on finals with runway in sight. A little later the aircraft struck a hill 4,4 km from the airport at an altitude of 2321 m/7618 feet. Weather was reported: wind 300/8 kts, QNH 1024 mB, temperature 13 deg.C., dew point 12 deg. C with broken clouds at 300 m.
The Il-78 is a tanker plane, version of the Il-76, but could be converted back for transport flights.

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photo of Ilyushin-Il-76-UR-76415
accident date: 17-07-1998
type: Ilyushin Il-76
registration: UR-76415
photo of Ilyushin-Il-76-UR-76415
accident date: 17-07-1998
type: Ilyushin Il-76
registration: UR-76415

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 Bourgas Airport to Asmara International Airport as the crow flies is 3200 km (2000 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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