The Ilyushin Il76 four-engine strategic airlift aircraft has been sitting idle over the Erzurum Airport (ERZ) in eastern Turkey for more than 11 years. There is an auction going on right now for this plane, with bids starting at $21,500.
This aircraft was sent to the eastern region of Turkey to deliver humanitarian aid, after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake there in October 2011 left more than 600 people dead and at least 60,000 homeless. The Georgian government organized a human supply flight between Georgia and Erzurm Airport.
As the IL76 was taxing, a second Kyrgyz aircraft that was parked at the airport collided. The collision damaged the most in the airframe of Il 76.
The now-abandoned Ilyushin Il-76 brought aid to ERZ airport on October 30, 2011. A Kyrgyzstan Airlines Il-76 with the registration EX-036 was engaged in an accident with the aircraft after landing, though. The Kyrgyz plane was being towed by the time the 4L-SKN was taxiing, and the two aircraft collided. Both airframes sustained significant damage as a result of the collision.
Sky Georgia Airlines Ilyushin IL76-TD 4L-SKN which brought relief supplies from ?? in the earthquake that took place in??Van 12 years ago,but could not ?because its cockpit was damaged as a result of an accident on the apron,is parked @Erzurum Airport #AvGeek #aviation #avgeeks pic.twitter.com/mvWctJn8kM
— BS (@brusselsspotter) September 23, 2022
The Kyrgyzstan Airlines Il76 was fixed and brought back to its country. 4L-SKN was kept there under a tarp while insurance companies sought to resolve the claim. As a result of the tragedy 11 years ago, no plane was ever launched again. The Georgian administration has not shown any desire to resume operations.
The airplane became stuck because the insurance company’s procedures for repairing the aircraft were not followed. The airplane was constructed using Russian components, and some of the parts are very difficult to repair. however, because of the damage, the aircraft stays on the ground forever.
The aircraft appears to be in good condition; the next owner just needs to renew the airworthiness and fix the frame. No one is aware that the jet has been parked at the same airport for up to 11 years, despite the fact that it is in Turkey for humanitarian reasons.
The Turkish government should have assisted in repairing the aircraft and bringing it back to its country, but no one made the necessary measures, and eventually, the day for the aircraft’s auction arrived. Many nations continue to employ this aircraft. This airplane took off for a good reason, but it never would have occurred to it.
Russia has historically utilized it most frequently for military objectives. But many other nations continue to utilize it. They operated in 26 by the Indian Air Force and 17 by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force of China.