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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Date:Saturday 31 January 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 12
Operator:Soviet Air Force
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn: 8900202
First flight: 1958
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Vitebsk Airport (VTB) (   Russia)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Vitebsk Airport (VTB/UMII), Belarus
Destination airport:Vitebsk Airport (VTB/UMII), Belarus
Crashed on takeoff when a trimmer changed position unintentionally and a prop feathered simultaneously. Only the tail gunner survived.

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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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