TAROM Flight 371

TAROM Flight 371
Tarom Airbus A310-300 Bidini.jpg
A TAROM Airbus A310-300 similar to aircraft involved in the accident
Accident
Date31 March 1995 (1995-03-31)
SummaryMechanical failure followed by pilot error
SiteBaloteşti, Romania
44°36′N 26°06′E / 44°36′N 26°06′E / 44.600; 26.100
Aircraft
Aircraft typeAirbus A310-324
Aircraft nameMuntenia
OperatorTAROM
RegistrationYR-LCC
Flight originOtopeni International Airport, Bucharest, Romania
DestinationBrussel-Zaventem Airport, Brussels, Belgium
Passengers50
Crew10
Fatalities60
Survivors0

TAROM Flight 371 (RO371/ROT371) was a scheduled international passenger flight, flying with an Airbus A310 from Otopeni International Airport in Romania's capital Bucharest to Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium. The flight was operated by TAROM, the flag carrier of Romania. On 31 March 1995 the Airbus A310-324, registered as YR-LCC, stalled after take off and crashed near Baloteşti in Romania. All 60 people aboard were killed in the crash.[1]

Investigation on the crash revealed that the throttle of the starboard engine jammed in-flight. The crew later failed to respond properly to the failure. This combination led the aircraft to crash. The investigative committee concluded that mechanical failure followed by pilot error as the cause of the crash. The crash was the deadliest plane crash in Romania's history. It was also the deadliest plane crash in TAROM's operational history.

Aircraft

The aircraft involved in the crash was an Airbus A310-324 registered as YR-LCC. The aircraft has an MSN number of 450 and had its first flight in 1987. It was powered by two Pratt and Whitney Canada engines and had logged in 31.092 flight hours and 6.216 cycles. Its airworthiness was issued on 13 April 1994.[2]