Airplane Crash - Near Konigs Wusterausen, East Germany 08/14/1972

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Konigs Wusterausen, East Germany


Date08/14/1972
Time17:00
LocationNear Konigs Wusterausen, East Germany
OperatorInterflug
RouteBerlin - Birgas
TypeIlyushin IL-62
RegistrationDM-SEA
Cn/In00702
Aboard156
Fatalities156
Ground0
SummaryIn cargo bay 6, hot air, leaking from an air conditioning system, melted insulation off cabling causing a short circuit in the stabilizing system. Melting insulation ignited flammable fluid which led to an uncontrollable fire that eventually weakened the structure until the tail fell off.

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