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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 17398
Last updated: 20 April 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B733 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-330
Registration: D-ABXM
C/n / msn: 23871/1433
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 50
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Vrazhdebna Airport, Sofia (SOF) -   Bulgaria
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:SOF
Destination airport:FRA
While climbing through FL120 after takeoff from Sofia lightning struck the airplane. Airframe vibrations forced the crew to return to Sofia. Vibrations increased as speed fell from 260 to 220 kts. Below 7000 feet the vibrations ceased.
A safe landing was made back at Sofia, 15 minutes after departure. Inspection revealed that a 10x15cm piece of the left balance tab of the horizontal stabilizer had been ripped off by the lightning.
hit by lightning, which damaged the elevator



Photo of D-ABXM courtesy

Berlin - Tegel (EDDT / TXL)
25 April 2011; (c) Pertti Sipilš

Revision history:

09-Apr-2008 11:09 relax630 Added
27-Apr-2008 10:35 harro Updated

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