2018-04-11 IL-78 Algerian Air Force crashed near Blida Airport
The military transport aircraft crashed after take-off from Boufarik Air Base, Algeria with 257 persons on board. There were no survivors.
The military aircraft was due to perform a performing a passenger transport flight from Boufarik Air Force Base (DAAK) – about 30 km (18 nm) – southwest of the capital Algiers, to Béchar -Boudghene Ben Lotfi Airport in the far West of the country. The flight distance of 392 miles (726 km). There were 247 soldiers (destined for West Sahara to replace the Algerian border patrol unit) and 10 crewmembers on board the Ilyushin IL-78.
Multiple media outlets reported an engine problem might have occurred at or immediately after getting airborne ultimately resulting in a loss of control. A ground witness reported an engine on the right wing burst into flames and the aircraft began to bank to one side before another engine (on the left side) caught fire as well.
The IL-78 lost height and came down on an citrus field near the town of Blida, about 4 km south of Bourfarik. On impact, the aircraft broke up and caught fire.
Despite a massive emergency operation, no survivors have been found. It is understood that all 257 people on board received fatal injuries in the crash.
According to the ATDB Database, the Algerian Air Force does operate 18 IL-76’s and six IL-78’s.
If the fatality numbers are to be confirmed, this accident was the 17 worst aviation disaster of all time.
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Type: Ilyushin Il-76
Age a/c: 23.4 years
Constr. No.: 1043419649
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Date: 2018-04-11 Time: 07:50L
Location: DAAK – Boufarik Air Base
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Flight phase: ICL – Airborne – 1.000 ft AGL
Damage to a/c: hull loss
Flight no.: –
From: DAAK/-: Boufarik Air Base To: DAOO/ORN: Oran Es Senia
Type: Military / Government
Operator: Algerian Air Force
JACDEC 25-year Statistics :
- 4th safety occurence for the operator
- 77th safety occurence of type (IL76/78)
- 1st safety occurence at Boufarik Airport
- 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question
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