Sun Way Flight 4412
|Date||28 November 2010|
|Fatalities||12 (8 on board + 4 on the ground)|
|Aircraft type||Ilyushin Il-76TD|
|Flight origin||Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, Pakistan|
|Destination||Khartoum International Airport, Sudan|
Sun Way Flight 4412 was an international scheduled cargo flight from Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, Pakistan to Khartoum International Airport, Sudan. On 28 November 2010, the Sun Way Il-76TD operating the route, registered 4L-GNI, crashed while attempting to go back to Jinnah International Airport after one of the starboard engines caught fire, killing 12 people, including everyone aboard the plane and 4 people on the ground.
The aircraft involved was an Ilyushin Il-76TD, registration 4L-GNI, c/n 43452546 that was being operated by Sun Way, a Georgian cargo airline. The aircraft was reported as having undergone a thorough technical inspection in the two weeks prior to the accident.
Sun Way Flight 4412 departed Jinnah International Airport at 01:48 local time (20:48 UTC, 27 November) bound for Khartoum International Airport. The Ilyushin Il-76TD was carrying 31 tonnes of relief supplies for Sudan, reported to be a cargo of tents. Eyewitnesses saw that one of the starboard engines was on fire as the aircraft climbed out of Jinnah. The crew attempted to return to Jinnah, but the aircraft crashed on approach to runway 07R. Karachi Police initially reported that a further two people were killed on the ground, although the Pakistan Navy initially stated that there were no people killed other than those on the aircraft. Rescue authorities confirmed that four people were killed that were not on board the aircraft. The aircraft crashed into buildings under construction at a housing complex for the Pakistan Navy, setting several of them on fire. The pilot was a Russian, whilst the other seven crew were Ukrainian. The short wreckage trail is indicative of a stall, with the aircraft crashing with little forward speed.
The force of the explosion was so great that local residents thought that a bomb had exploded. The ground casualties were reported to be construction workers. Xinhua News Agency reported that up to 18 people had been killed. The site of the crash was near to the military-controlled area where a Pakistani twin-engine turboprop crashed after take-off from Karachi on 5 November 2010, killing all 21 people on board.
Nationalities of victims
1 pilot, 7 crew and 4 ground fatalities;
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