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Accident description
Last updated: 10 October 2015
Date:Saturday 23 April 1966
Type:Ilyushin 14
Operator:Aeroflot / Azerbaijan
Registration: CCCP-61772
C/n / msn: 146000310
First flight: 1956
Total airframe hrs:16257
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 28
Total:Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 33
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:South off Baku (   Azerbaijan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Baku-Bina International Airport (BAK/UBBB), Azerbaijan
Destination airport:Makhachkala Airport (MCX/URML), Russia
The Il-14 departed Baku-Bina Airport (BAK) at 07:42 in IMC. Weather conditions included low clouds, moderate to heavy rain, wind 16-20 m/s with gusts, and a visibility of 2-4 km.
After 12 minutes, at an altitude of 1,500 m, the crew reported abnormal operation of the engines. Assuming soaked spark plugs, the pilot-in-command reported that he would return to Baku. During the approach to Baku the nr.1 engine started to vibrate and power was lost. At 07:59 the crew reported that the engine temperature of both engines was dropping. The airplane descended to 200 m over sea but the flight was not able to reach the airport. The pilot radioed that he had to ditch the plane. This was the last transmission from the flight. The wreckage was not found.


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Distance from Baku-Bina International Airport to Makhachkala Airport as the crow flies is 326 km (204 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.
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