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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 13 November 2008
Time:11:24
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 12B
Operator:British Gulf International Airlines
Registration: S9-SAO
C/n / msn: 00346908
First flight: 1970
Engines: 4 Ivchenko AI-20M
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:22 km (13.8 mls) SE of Al-Taqaddum Air Base (   Iraq)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Al Asad Air Base (ORAA), Iraq
Destination airport:Baghdad International Airport (BGW/ORBI), Iraq
Flightnumber:BGI1530
Narrative:
The An-12 cargo plane had been charted for a return flight from Dubai to various air bases in Iraq where multi-national forces were based.
The flight took off from Al Asad Air Base at 11:02 hours local time with destination Baghdad Airport. At 08:24 the flight radioed an emergency stating that they had an engine fire. The airplane descended rapidly from 9000 feet and impacted desert terrain.

Probable Cause:

Conclusion:
Examination of the wreckage and impact area did not reveal any indication of in flight structural failure or loss of propulsion.
The probable cause of accident was due to engine No. 2 fire that leads to some power loss accompanied with hydraulic and aircraft control difficulties and improper procedure that might be conducted by the pilot to compensate that loss of power, causing the aircraft to stall and crash.

Classification:

Loss of control

Sources:
» Interfax
» Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
» www.forumavia.ru


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Distance from Al Asad Air Base to Baghdad International Airport as the crow flies is 175 km (109 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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