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Last updated: 16 November 2018
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Date:Thursday 31 August 1972
Time:10:19
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-18V
Operator:Aeroflot, Kazakstan Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-74298
C/n / msn: 182004505
First flight: 1962
Total airframe hrs:10798
Cycles:4249
Engines: 4 Ivchenko AI-20K
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 93 / Occupants: 93
Total:Fatalities: 102 / Occupants: 102
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:23 km (14.4 mls) N of Magnitogorsk Airport (MQF) (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Karaganda Airport (KGF/UAKK), Kazakhstan
Destination airport:Moskva-Domodedovo Airport (DME/UUDD), Russia
Flightnumber: 558
Narrative:
Aeroflot fight 558 departed Karaganda at 08:31 hours, bound for Moscow's Domodedovo Airport.
While en route at an altitude of 7200 m, a fire broke out in the baggage compartment. At 10:08 the crew began an emergency descent and changed course for an emergency landing at Magnitogorsk. Smoke intensified, severely hampering the crew in their attempts to position the aircraft for an approach to Magnitogorsk Airport. The aircraft flew with significant bank angles, overloads and fluctuations in height. At 10:15:50 the plane was in close proximity to the ground, after which it entered a steep climb with a significant overload. In 35 seconds the plane gained an additional height of 1300-1400 m.
At 10:19:33 the airplane impacted the ground at a speed of about 370 km/h collided at a pitch and roll angle of about 0°and with the gears and flaps retracted. The aircraft came down 23 km north of the airport in a plowed field between the settlement of Smelovsky and the village of Pokrovka.

Probable Cause:

The cause of the disaster was the intensive development of a fire that broke out in the rear cargo hold, which led to a complete or partial loss of the crew's working capacity, the impossibility of visual flight and observation of instruments due to smoke in the cockpit and the exclusion of the possibility of a successful flight outcome.
The most likely cause of the fire was the triggering of pyrotechnic devices, the ignition or self-ignition of flammable materials in the baggage of passengers whose traces were found in the remains of baggage.

Classification:

Loss of control

Sources:
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Distance from Karaganda Airport to Moskva-Domodedovo Airport as the crow flies is 2432 km (1520 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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