Accident description
Last updated: 24 April 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 4 May 1972
Time:23:34
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev 40
Operator:Aeroflot, East Siberia Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-87778
C/n / msn: 9040314
First flight: 1970
Total airframe hrs:1667
Cycles:2249
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1,2 km (0.8 mls) from Bratsk Airport (BTK) (   Russia) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Irkutsk Airport (IKT/UIII), Russia
Destination airport:Bratsk Airport (BTK/UIBB), Russia
Flightnumber: 608
Narrative:
The Yak-40 took off from Irkutsk Airport (IKT) at 22:29. While on approach the crew were given the weather information that was current at 23:15. The controller had not received more recent weather information, despite his requests. He knew the weather had deteriorated but he passed the older weather info on to the crew. On finals the flight entered an area with a wet snow storm, 1000m visibility severe buffeting and wind gusts of 10-14 m/s. An intense downdraft caused the plane to contact trees. The airplane crashed and burned.

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Distance from Irkutsk Airport to Bratsk Airport as the crow flies is 485 km (303 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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