Narrative:En route between Magadan and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia, the right hand engine failed. It was flying at an altitude of 3300 m at the time. The crew considered diverting to Sobolevo but the runway there was covered with snow.
|Date:||Saturday 1 January 1966|
|Operator:||Aeroflot, Magadan Civil Aviation Directorate|
|C/n / msn:|| 602 108|
|First flight:|| 1957|
|Total airframe hrs:||12368|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18|
|Total:||Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||60 km (37.5 mls) NW of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Russia)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Magadan Airport (GDX/UHMM), Russia|
|Destination airport:||Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airport (PKC/UHPP), Russia|
It was decided to continue to the destination airport. Altitude was gradually lost and the flight was at 2900 m after passing Sobolevo. Minimum altitude in the area was 3100 m. The copilot suggested to make a gear-up landing on the snow covered runway at Ust-Bolsheretsk, but the captain decided to continue to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. He attempted to evade high terrain but the plane entered an area of snowfall and turbulence. The flight continued to lose altitude in increasingly turbulent conditions. It collided with Mount Yurchik, 10 m below the summit, at an elevation of about 2049 m.
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Magadan Airport to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airport as the crow flies is 879 km (549 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.