ASN Aircraft accident Ilyushin Il-18V CCCP-75798 Samarkand Airport (SKD)
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Date:Friday 6 February 1970
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-18V
Operator:Aeroflot / Uzbekistan
Registration: CCCP-75798
MSN: 182004303
First flight: 1962
Total airframe hrs:12885
Engines: 4 Ivchenko AI-20K
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 85 / Occupants: 98
Total:Fatalities: 92 / Occupants: 106
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:32 km (20 mls) NE of Samarkand Airport (SKD) (   Uzbekistan)
Crash site elevation: 1500 m (4921 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tashkent Airport (TAS/UTTT), Uzbekistan
Destination airport:Samarkand Airport (SKD/UTSS), Uzbekistan
An Ilyushin 18V passenger plane was destroyed when it flew into the side of a mountain 32 km northeast of Samarkand Airport (SKD). Seven crew members and 85 passengers were killed, one crew member and 13 passengers survived the accident.
The airplane departed Tashkent Airport (TAS) at 14:11 Moscow Time on a domestic service to Samarkand (SKD). Cruising altitude was 5100 metres.
At 15:33 the flight was cleared to descend to 2700 m and later further down to 2400 m. At 15:40 the controller reported that the flight was 31 km from Samarkand and cleared the crew to descend to 600 m. The crew did not verify if this distance was correct and continued the descent through clouds. At 15:42 the airplane collided with a snowy mountain slope at a height of 1500 m. The airplane broke in five parts.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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Distance from Tashkent Airport to Samarkand Airport as the crow flies is 258 km (162 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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