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Last updated: 18 January 2022
Estado:Preliminar - Oficial
Fecha:viernes 17 julio 1998
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic IL76 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-78
Operado por:Air Sofia
Alquilado a :Ukrainian Cargo Airways
Registración: UR-UCI
Numéro de série: 0083481440
Año de Construcción: 1988
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 9 / Ocupantes: 9
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 1 / Ocupantes: 1
Total:Fatalidades: 10 / Ocupantes: 10
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:4,4 km (2.8 milles) ENE of Asmara International Airport (ASM) (   Eritrea)
Elevación del lugar del accidente: 2321 m (7615 feet) amsl
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Bourgas Airport (BOJ/LBBG), Bulgaria
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Asmara International Airport (ASM/HAAY), Eritrea
Número de Vuelo: 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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