Accident description
Last updated: 21 December 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 18 May 1972
Time:11:53
Type:Antonov 10A
Operator:Aeroflot / Ukraine
Registration: CCCP-11215
C/n / msn: 0402502
First flight: 1961
Total airframe hrs:15485
Cycles:11106
Engines: 4 Ivchenko AI-20K
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 115 / Occupants: 115
Total:Fatalities: 122 / Occupants: 122
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:24 km (15 mls) from Kharkov Airport (HRK) (   Ukraine) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO/UUWW), Russia
Destination airport:Kharkov Airport (HRK/UKHH), Ukraine
Flightnumber:1491
Narrative:
The Antonov 10 was operating on a flight from Moscow to Kharkov. The airplane had started its descent from cruising altitude and the crew had been cleared for a descent to 5000 feet. During the descent a structural failure caused both wings to separate from the fuselage, causing the fuselage to crash into a wooded area. Weather was fine with a 5000-7000 feet cloud base and a visibility of about 5 miles. Wind was calm. The aircraft had logged 15483 flying hours and 11105 cycles. Aeroflot ceased Antonov 10 operations following this accident.

PROBABLE CAUSE: The center wing section failed due to a fatigue crack in the lower central wing panel.

Classification:
Wing failure
Loss of control

Sources:
» Soviet Transports
» Aviation Disasters / D. Gero
» Airdisaster.ru


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Distance from Moskva-Vnukovo Airport to Kharkov Airport as the crow flies is 629 km (393 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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