Accident description
Last updated: 24 October 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 1 December 1971
Time:21:48
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 24B
Operator:Aeroflot, Privolzhsk Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-46788
C/n / msn: 57301801
First flight: 1965
Total airframe hrs:10913
Cycles:8544
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 53 / Occupants: 53
Total:Fatalities: 57 / Occupants: 57
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:13 km (8.1 mls) NW of Saratov Airport (RTW) (   Russia) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Ufa Airport (UFA/UWUU), Russia
Destination airport:Saratov Airport (RTW), Russia
Flightnumber:2174
Narrative:
An Antonov 24B passenger plane, registered CCCP-46788, was destroyed in an accident 13 km from Saratov Airport (RTW), Russia. All 53 passengers and four crew members were killed.
Flight SU2174 was a scheduled service from Sverdlovsk to Saratov with an en route stop at Ufa Airport (UFA). The flight left Ufa at 19:59. The en route part of the flight was uneventful. Weather at Saratov was poor with low clouds and icing. While descending towards the airport, the An-24 flew through clouds for a duration of 3 minutes and 50 seconds. During this time there was an build-up of ice on the airframe up to a thickness of 15 mm. The pilot attempted counter a decreasing airspeed by adding engine power.
Nevertheless control was lost and the airplane came down at a high rate of descent, striking the ground 13 km from the runway.


Classification:
Icing
Loss of control

Sources:
» Soviet Transports
» airdisaster.ru


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Distance from Ufa Airport to Saratov Airport as the crow flies is 730 km (456 miles).

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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