Balkan Bulgarian Airlines Flight 307

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Balkan Bulgarian Airlines Flight 307
Balkan Bulgarian Airlines Il-18V LZ-BEL LBG August 1974.png
An Ilyushin Il-18 of Balkan Bulgarian Airlines, sister to the accident aircraft
Date 3 March 1973
Summary Unknown
Site Moscow, Soviet Union
Aircraft type Ilyushin Il-18
Operator Balkan Bulgarian Airlines
Registration LZ-BEM
Flight origin Sofia Vrazhdebna Airport, Sofia, Bulgaria
Destination Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow, Soviet Union
Passengers 17
Crew 8
Fatalities 25
Survivors 0

Balkan Bulgarian Airlines Flight 307 was a scheduled international passenger flight from Sofia, Bulgaria, to Moscow in the Soviet Union, that crashed on its final approach to Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on 3 March 1973, killing all 25 passengers and crew on board.


The aircraft involved was an Ilyushin Il-18V, registration LZ-BEM. With manufacturer's serial number 182005602, it first flew in 1962.[1]

Description of the accident

The aircraft was completing an international scheduled passenger flight from Sofia to Moscow. It was on its second landing attempt after a missed approach when it started to lose altitude, nosediving shortly thereafter. The aircraft crashed into the ground, disintegrating and catching fire.[1] There were no survivors among the fourteen passengers and seven crew members on board.[2]:81 The accident marked the 60th loss of an Ilyushin Il-18. It was also the 24th worst accident involving the type at the time of the accident; as of July 2014, the event is the 35th deadliest one involving an Il-18.[1]

Icing was later determined as the possible cause of the accident.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Accident description for LZ-BEM at the Aviation Safety Network
  2. ^
    • "Air safety (page 80)". Flight International. 105 (3384). 17 January 1974. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014.
    • "Air safety (page 81)". Flight International. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014.
    • "Air safety (page 82)". Flight International. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014.
    • "Air safety (page 83)". Flight International. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014.
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