ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev Tu-104B CCCP-42486 Moskva-Domodedovo Airport (DME)
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Date:Saturday 13 October 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic t104 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev Tu-104B
Operator:Aeroflot / Georgia
Registration: CCCP-42486
MSN: 021504
First flight: 1960
Total airframe hrs:16250
Engines: 2 Mikulin AM-3M-500
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 114 / Occupants: 114
Total:Fatalities: 122 / Occupants: 122
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:17 km (10.6 mls) NW of Moskva-Domodedovo Airport (DME) (   Russia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kutaisi Airport (KUT/UGKO), Georgia
Destination airport:Moskva-Domodedovo Airport (DME/UUDD), Russia
Flightnumber: 964
A Tupolev 104B passenger plane, CCCP-42486, was destroyed when it crashed near Moscow-Domodedovo Airport (DME), Russia. All 114 passengers and eight crew members were killed.
Aeroflot flight SU964 departed Kutaisi (KUT) AT 18:12 on a flight to Moscow. An electrical power failure on approach to Moscow-Domodedovo Airport disabled the compass system and main gyros. This made it very difficult for the crew to establish their heading attitude. With gear down and flaps up a right turn was made at a height of 1300 feet, followed by a steep left spiral. Banking attitude increased to 75deg when the aircraft crashed into the ground.

Electrical system problem
Loss of control

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Distance from Kutaisi Airport to Moskva-Domodedovo Airport as the crow flies is 1498 km (936 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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