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IL76 Crash At East Timor

Fri Jan 31, 2003 6:38 pm

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

source: www.nu.nl
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RE: IL76 Crash At East Timor

Fri Jan 31, 2003 7:06 pm

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.
 
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RE: IL76 Crash At East Timor

Fri Jan 31, 2003 9:47 pm

Hey Scott:

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....
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RE: IL76 Crash At East Timor

Fri Jan 31, 2003 9:59 pm

Howdy Alf

This is the aircraft which crashed:


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Euroasia Air is a brand new Laos registered company. This photographer has just snapped a very rare bird and have informed him of such.  Sad

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RE: IL76 Crash At East Timor

Fri Jan 31, 2003 10:16 pm

More info on aircraft.

RDPL-34138 is ex EP-RAJ

EP-RAJ belonged to Aram Air of Iran, and there is a single photo of this aircraft in the airliners.net database also.


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RE: IL76 Crash At East Timor

Fri Jan 31, 2003 10:32 pm

It has now been confirmed that all crew were Russians:
Captain: Piotr Chadrukov
F/O: Andrei Matvienko
Third: Alexander Diatlov
Engineer: Yuri Bushigin
Mech: Valerii Ukhvanov
2º Mech: Yuri Mirokhin

My thought are with you.

It seems weather conditions were bad with a very thick fog.

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RE: IL76 Crash At East Timor

Fri Jan 31, 2003 10:55 pm

I was so happy that there was such a big bird registered in Lao and now it crashed.

Very sad ...
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RE: IL76 Crash At East Timor

Fri Jan 31, 2003 10:59 pm

Swissgabe

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.

Alf

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.
 
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RE: IL76 Crash At East Timor

Sat Feb 01, 2003 12:47 am

Aviatsiya
I have seen a pictures which showed RDPL-34138 in Vientiane. When I have been there last OCT I didn't see it around the place.

I don't know regulations of aircraft registrations in Lao but I don't know what kind of advantages an airline could get to register it's plane in PDR Lao.
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RE: IL76 Crash At East Timor

Sat Feb 01, 2003 2:16 am

you can see a picture of it in the "news" section at:
http://www.jacdec.de

my condolences

JR
 
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RE: IL76 Crash At East Timor

Sat Feb 01, 2003 3:42 am

Pakistania

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

Swissgabe

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.

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