Accident description
Last updated: 16 April 2014
Date:Monday 22 January 1973
Time:ca 01:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 24B
Operator:Aeroflot, North Kavkaz Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-46276
C/n / msn: 77303609
First flight: 1967
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 39 / Occupants: 39
Total:Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Petukhovo (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Perm Airport (PEE/USPP), Russia
About 15 minutes before the planned landing at Perm at an altitude of 5400 meters, the aircraft suddenly banked heavily to the right and then to the left. The An-24 spiralled down reaching a speed of almost 1000 km/h. At an altitude of 2700 m the aircraft gained some lift again and went into an upward looping. On top of it the airframe broke apart due to the high g loads. Afterwards, it fell down with a horizonal speed of 20 to 30 km/h and a vertical speed of 250 to 270 km/h. Of the 44 people aboard, about four people survived the crash as the fuselage fell on a thick layer of snow. Because of the bitter cold (- 41░ C) the survivors died before rescue parties arrived. The official investigation could not establish the cause of the crash. However, clues indicating the explosion of a missile were found, e.g. dots of green paint which was not from the aircraft. So it is assumed the An-24 may have been shot down by a stray surface-to-air missile.


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