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Accident description
Last updated: 18 September 2016
Date:Monday 19 October 1964
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin 18V
Operator:Soviet Air Force
Registration: CCCP-75668
C/n / msn: 183005704
First flight: 1959
Engines: 4 Ivchenko AI-20
Crew:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 33
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mount Avala (   Serbia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO/UUEE), Russia
Destination airport:Beograd-Batajnica Air Base (BJY/LYBT), Serbia
The Ilyushin crashed 600 feet below the peak of the Mount Avala. The aircraft was on a military flight to Belgrade, carrying 7 high-ranking Soviet military officers and 15 WWII-veterans.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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Distance from Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport to Beograd-Batajnica Air Base as the crow flies is 1705 km (1066 miles).

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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