34 Years ago today: On 18 January 1988 a CAAC Ilyushin 18 crashed in flames near Chonqing, China, killing all 108 occupants.
|Date:||Monday 18 January 1988|
|Operator:||China Southwest Airlines|
|Engines:||4 Ivchenko AI-20M|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 98 / Occupants: 98|
|Total:||Fatalities: 108 / Occupants: 108|
|Aircraft fate:||Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||5,7 km (3.6 mls) NW of Chongqing Baishiyi Airport ( China)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Beijing-Capital International Airport (PEK/ZBAA), China|
|Destination airport:||Chongqing Baishiyi Airport, China|
The Ilyushin Il-18D took off from Beijing, China at 19:05 on a domestic flight to Chongqing Baishiyu Airport.
About 21:50 hours the no.4 engine failed. A fire erupted in the area and at 21:57 the engine attachment structure had weakened due to the fire and the engine separated. The aircraft became difficult to control until a point were the flight crew was not able to hold altitude. The aircraft impacted sloping terrain, killing all on board.
It appeared that the no. 4 engine right starter generator became so hot that the feathering oil tube was burnt. The oil tube burst upon feathering of the prop and the engine caught fire.