ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev Tu-104A CCCP-42362 Kanash
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Date:Friday 17 October 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic t104 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev Tu-104A
Operator:Aeroflot, Moscow Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-42362
MSN: 86601002
First flight: 1958
Total airframe hrs:465
Engines: 2 Mikulin AM-3M
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 71 / Occupants: 71
Total:Fatalities: 80 / Occupants: 80
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:27 km (16.9 mls) W of Kanash (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Omsk Airport (OMS/UNOO), Russia
Destination airport:Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO/UUWW), Russia
The Tu-104 departed Beijing on a flight to Moscow carrying Chinese and North Korean delegations. An en route stop was made at Omsk. Because of fog, the airplane could not land at Moscow. Flying at an altitude of 10.000 m the crew changed course to the alternate, Sverdlovsk. The Tu-104 entered an area of a powerful upstream and ascended to 12.000 m. Airspeed was lost and the crew lost control and the airplane entered a near vertical dive. Descending through 2000 m, the crew were able to correct the angle of descent a bit, but it was too late for recovery. The airplane crashed next to a railroad track.

Loss of control

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Follow-up / safety actions
Since the Tu-104 was susceptible to atmospheric disturbances it was decided to limit the flight levels of Tu-104 to 9000 m, to extend the range of deflection of the elevator and to reduce the angle of the stabilizer.


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Distance from Omsk Airport to Moskva-Vnukovo Airport as the crow flies is 2242 km (1401 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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