Vliegtuigongeval op 14 AUG 1972 met Ilyushin Il-62 DM-SEA - Königs Wusterhausen
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Datum:maandag 14 augustus 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL62 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-62
Registratie: DM-SEA
Constructienummer: 00702
Bouwjaar: 1970
Aantal vlieguren:3520
Motoren: 4 Kuznetsov NK-8-4
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 8 / inzittenden: 8
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 148 / inzittenden: 148
Totaal:slachtoffers: 156 / inzittenden: 156
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Königs Wusterhausen (   Duitsland)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale charter
Vliegveld van vertrek:Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF/EDDB), Duitsland
Vliegveld van aankomst:Bourgas Airport (BOJ/LBBG), Bulgarije
The Interflug flight departed Berlin-Schönefeld at 16:30. Thirteen minutes later as the airplane was climbing through 8900 m, the crew reported elevator problems. The pilot requested an immediate return to the airport. At 16:51 the crew decided to start the fuel dumping procedure in order to decrease the landing weight. Three minutes later an emergency descent was initiated. The situation of the plane worsened as the crew had detected a fire in the rear. At 16:59:25 they issued a Mayday, stating that they had problems controlling their altitude. They also reported a fire on board. The airplane entered an uncontrolled descent during which the tail section failed. The Ilyushin broke up and crashed.

Probable Cause:

A hot-air tube in the rear of the airplane had contained a leak for some time. During the operation of the plane hot air with temperatures of around 300°C had caused a weakening of the insulation material of electricity wires and the airplane controls. Immediately after takeoff on the ill-fated flight, a short-circuit occurred. Sparks with a temperature of up to 2000°C caused substantial melting and ultimately a fire in the nr. 4 cargo bay which was located in the rear of the plane. The fire weakened the fuselage structure, causing the tail section to fail in-flight.

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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Berlin-Schönefeld Airport en Bourgas Airport bedraagt 1499 km (937 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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