Airplane Crash - Near Warsaw, Poland 03/14/1980

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Warsaw, Poland


Date03/14/1980
Time11:00
LocationNear Warsaw, Poland
OperatorLOT Polish Airlines
Flight #007
RouteNew York City - Warsaw
TypeIlyushin IL-62
RegistrationSP-LAA
Cn/In11004
Aboard87
Fatalities87
Ground0
SummaryWhile attempting to land at Warsaw, the crew initiated an overshoot procedure after there were indications that the landing gear was not down. When thrust was applied, the No. 2 engine disintegrated, damaging two other engines and severing the rudder and elevator control lines. The plane crashed one-half mile from the runway threshold. Metal fatigue in the No. 2 engine turbine disc. The dead included 22 members of the U.S. boxing team and Polish singer Anna Jantar. The aircraft was named Mikolaj Kopernik.

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