1stspotter From Netherlands, joined Jun 1999, 511 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2479 times:
A Russian IL76 has crashed on Friday just before landing at an East Timor airport.
All 6 crewmembers are feared to be dead.
According to the United Nations the aircraft crashed at the mountains near the airport of Bacau. The United Nations are helping the government of East Timor. The former Portugese colony got independent last year May
Aviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2449 times:
I was just reading this on Novosti.
It happened at about 2.5 hours ago. It has been said that the aircraft, on a flight from China, attempted to land 3 times, and on the 4th landing attempt, overshot the runway and crashed approx 4-5 km from the end of the runway.
6 bodies have so far been recovered by UN soldiers on the ground in East Timor.
The MCHS has confirmed the crash, but it isn't yet known which airline the aircraft belongs to, but it has apparently been ruled out that the aircraft belongs to East Line. I am just hoping it isn't Abakan Avia as I know a radio operator for the airline who flies a lot to China and Southeast Asia.
Luzezito From Spain, joined May 2001, 268 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2356 times:
Let's hope it is not your friend down there in Timor. Interfax is now citing a representative of the Russian civil aviation stating that most probably the a/c belongs to an iranian or Ucranian company and is ruling out East Line. 6 crew have been recovered but nothing is known about their nationality....
Aviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2243 times:
It may have been registered in Laos, but I doubt it has ever landed in Vientiane. The company is based out of Sharjah. Maybe Laos is easing up on their registration requirments, and could become the next "Equatorial Guinea" for SHJ based operators.
That is the same crew list as I have seen. In addition, it seems that this aircraft originally was operated with the Ukrainian Air Force.
Also heard the same thing in regards to the fog, and after reading it, I wondered why they would try to land at Baucau after 3 attempts, when they could have diverted to Dili instead. One doesn't think of East Timor and fog, as it is basically a tropical island, but the Baucau region is quite "mountainous" from what I remember.
Aviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2075 times:
Just to correct some of the information you provided on your site.
The aircraft crashed as Baucau Airport. Dili's airport is called Comoro.
It has been reported that the aircraft overshot the runway on the last fateful approach; which would mean it crashed not short of the runway, but after it.
The flight originated in Macau (which technically can be China) and was carrying telecommunications equipment for the Portuguese phone company
I don't really see the need for a Lao cargo airline. When you have Russian crew based in Sharjah flying an aircraft registered in neither UAE or Russia, it usually should send alarm bells ringing. I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised is Viktor Bout is somehow involved in this operation; with apologies to those who are in involved if he isn't, it just smells like the type of operation he runs.