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Last updated: 18 November 2018
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Date:Tuesday 16 May 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-24T
Operator:Soviet Navy
Registration: 05
C/n / msn: 9911302
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 25
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Svetlogorsk (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Kaliningrad-Khrabrovo Airport (KGD/UMKK), Russia
Destination airport:Kaliningrad-Khrabrovo Airport (KGD/UMKK), Russia
Narrative:
The Antonov 26 returned to Hrabrovo after a flight over the Baltic Sea for weather research. The crew didn’t set the barometric altimeter pressure of the airfield, so the altimeter indicated a height higher than the actual altitude. After crossing the shoreline it entered a patch of thick fog. The crew couldn’t see the ground and descended to a dangerously low altitude.
At Svetlogorsk, reportedly at an indicated height of 150 metres, the wing collided with a pine tree on an upslope at a height of 42 metres. The aircraft then crashed onto a kindergarten, 200 metres further on, killing 25 persons on the ground as well as all 6 crew and both passengers.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» Dmitriy Yertsov
» Soviet Transports


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Antonov An-24

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