31 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|
|C/n / msn:||187009901|
|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:||ca 32 km SW of Chongqing Airport (CKG) ( China)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Beijing-Capital Airport (PEK/ZBAA), China|
|Destination airport:||Chongqing-Jiangbei International Airport (CKG/ZUCK), China|
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. The pylon burned and the engine separated. Severe vibrations caused the no. 1 prop to feather. The Il-18 lost control and crashed.