Sun Way Flight 4412

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Sun Way Flight 4412
A Georgian Il-76TD identical to 4L-GNI.
Accident summary
Date 28 November 2010
Summary Under investigation
Site Karachi, Pakistan
Passengers 0
Crew 8
Fatalities 12 (8 on board + 4 on the ground)
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Ilyushin Il-76TD
Operator Sun Way
Registration 4L-GNI
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,[1] c/n 43452546[2] that was being operated by Sun Way, a Georgian cargo airline.[3] The aircraft was reported as having undergone a thorough technical inspection in the two weeks prior to the accident.[1]


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,[1] reported to be a cargo of tents.[4] 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.[1] 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.[1] The aircraft crashed into buildings under construction at a housing complex for the Pakistan Navy, setting several of them on fire.[5] The pilot was a Russian, whilst the other seven crew were Ukrainian.[4] The short wreckage trail is indicative of a stall, with the aircraft crashing with little forward speed.[1]

The force of the explosion was so great that local residents thought that a bomb had exploded.[6] The ground casualties were reported to be construction workers.[7] Xinhua News Agency reported that up to 18 people had been killed.[8] 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.[9]

Nationalities of victims[edit]

1 pilot, 7 crew and 4 ground fatalities;

Nationality Fatalities Total
Crew Ground
Ukraine Ukrainian 7 0 7
Pakistan Pakistani 0 4 4
Russia Russian 1 0 1
Total 8 4 12


The Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan has opened an investigation into the accident.[7] It is speculated that a bird strike may have caused the fire in the engine.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Hradecky, Simon. "Crash: Sun Way IL76 at Karachi on Nov 28th 2010, engine fire". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Lebeda, Alan. "4L-GNI". Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sun Way." Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  4. ^ a b c Авиакатастрофа в Пакистане унесла жизни россиянина и 7 украинцев (in Russian). Rian. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Cargo plane crashes in Karachi residential area". Reuters. 28 November 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Vrachtvliegtuig crasht in woonwijk Pakistan". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Plane from Karachi crashes with eight people on board". BBC News. 28 November 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  8. ^ Самолет с россиянами на борту упал на жилой квартал пакистанского Карачи (in Russian). Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "Cargo plane crashes in Karachi". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 28 November 2010.