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Accident description
Last updated: 21 February 2018
Date:Thursday 29 February 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin 18D
Operator:Aeroflot, Far East Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-74252
C/n / msn: 187010601
First flight: 1967
Total airframe hrs:328
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 74 / Occupants: 75
Total:Fatalities: 83 / Occupants: 84
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:13 km (8.1 mls) NW of Parchum, Chunsky District, Irkutsk Region (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Krasnoyarsk Airport (KJA/UNKL), Russia
Destination airport:Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airport (PKC/UHPP), Russia
Flightnumber: 15
The Ilyushin was en route to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski at an altitude of 8000 m when an emergency situation forced the crew to start an emergency descent. While descending through FL100 the aircraft broke up and crashed in flames. One passenger survived the accident miraculously. His seat had separated together with a large section of airframe skin.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Unknown. It was considered possible that a fuel leak had occurred in the left wing, causing a fire.

Loss of control

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Distance from Krasnoyarsk Airport to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airport as the crow flies is 4060 km (2538 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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