Narrative:A Tupolev 124 passenger plane, operated by Aeroflot's North Kavkaz division was destroyed in an accident at Volgograd Airport (VOG), Russia. One crew member was killed, the remaining 48 occupants survived.
|Date:||Thursday 7 March 1968|
|Operator:||Aeroflot, North Kavkaz Civil Aviation Directorate|
|C/n / msn:|| 2350504|
|First flight:|| 1962|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 44|
|Total:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 49 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Volgograd Airport (VOG) (Russia)
|Phase:|| Takeoff (TOF)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Volgograd Airport (VOG/URWW), Russia|
|Destination airport:||Rostov Airport (ROV/URRR), Russia|
During takeoff the crew inadvertently activated the spoilers. The airplane lost lift and struck the ground at a distance of 1640 m from the runway threshold and 83 meters to the left side. The fuselage is split into three parts.
It was concluded that the spoiler switch was poorly placed on the steering column of the Tu-124, allowing the pilot to activate the switch inadvertently.
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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 Volgograd Airport to Rostov Airport as the crow flies is 374 km (234 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.