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Accident description
Last updated: 15 December 2017
Status:
Date:Tuesday 13 August 1991
Time:23:53
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin 18V
Operator:Tarom
Registration: YR-IMH
C/n / msn: 185008301
First flight: 1965
Engines: 4 Ivchenko AI-20K
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:18 km (11.3 mls) from Uricani (   Romania)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Bucharest-Otopeni International Airport (OTP/LROP), Romania
Destination airport:Timisoara Airport (TSR/LRTR), Romania
Flightnumber:RO785A
Narrative:
An Ilyushin 18V operated by Tarom, was destroyed in an accident near Uricani, Romania. There were five crew members and four passengers on board. The passengers were technicians that were called to Timisoara to repair faults in another aircraft.
The aircraft took off from Otopeni Airport at 23:16 hours local time and climbed to the cruising altitude of 6100 meters.
While in contact with the Arad regional ACC center, the crew reported an estimated time of arrival at Timisoara of 00:03 hours
The controller then cleared the flight to descend to 2440 meters and establish contact with controller of Timisoara Approach.
At 23:52 the flight crew reported over the Faget reporting point and were further cleared down to 1800 meters. The last radio contact at 23:53 was interrupted.
It appeared the aircraft had impacted mountainous terrain.

Classification:

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» ASFAN Romania


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Distance from Bucharest-Otopeni International Airport to Timisoara Airport as the crow flies is 394 km (246 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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