Narrative:The Tupolev 104 was hijacked by a passenger, who demanded to be flown to China. The explosive device which he had taken with him detonated at an altitude of FL300, causing the plane to crash east of Lake Baikal.
|Date:||18 MAY 1973|
|Operator:||Aeroflot, East Siberia Civil Aviation Directorate|
|C/n / msn:|| 820303|
|First flight:|| 1958|
|Engines:|| 2 Mikulin AM-3M-500|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 74 / Occupants: 74|
|Total:||Fatalities: 82 / Occupants: 82 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||97 km (60.6 mls) W of Chita (Russia)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Irkutsk Airport (IKT/UIII), Russia|
|Destination airport:||Chita Airport (HTA/UIAA), Russia|
The Tu-104 is also reported to have been CCCP-42379.
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Irkutsk Airport to Chita Airport as the crow flies is 604 km (378 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.