Narrative:Flight 663 departed from Kutaisi Airport (KUT), Georgia at 10:45.
|Date:||24 AUG 1963|
|Operator:||Aeroflot / Georgia|
|C/n / msn:|| 014 602107|
|First flight:|| 1957|
|Total airframe hrs:||11682|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 27|
|Total:||Fatalities: 32 / Occupants: 32 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||32 km (20 mls) NW of Kutaisi Airport (KUT) (Georgia)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Kutaisi Airport (KUT), Georgia|
|Destination airport:||Sukhumi Airport (SUI/UGSS), Georgia|
Some 3-4 minutes after takeoff the crew reported visual flight at an altitude of 600 m. At 10:52 the crew reported: "Flight to Sukhumi 1,500 m, earth visible between the layers of clouds, heavy rainfall". This was the last contact with the flight.
The airplane had deviated from the intended route until it struck a wooded hillside at an elevation of 900m, 13 kilometers to the right of the intended route.
Among the dead were found three stowaways.
It was concluded that the the crew should not have been allowed to conduct a VFR flight in IMC. Also, the tower controller at Kutaisi did not report the deterioration of weather and lower cloud base.
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Distance from Kutaisi Airport to Sukhumi Airport as the crow flies is 135 km (84 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.