Narrative:A Tupolev 104B passenger plane, operated by Aeroflot's Georgia division was destroyed in a landing accident at Moskva-Domodedovo Airport (DME), Russia. There were 68 passengers and seven crew members on board. Eleven passengers and five crew members died in the accident.
|Date:||Friday 7 December 1973|
|Operator:||Aeroflot / Georgia|
|C/n / msn:|| 021901|
|First flight:|| 1960|
|Total airframe hrs:||18300|
|Engines:|| 2 Mikulin AM-3M-500|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 7|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 68|
|Total:||Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 75 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Moskva-Domodedovo Airport (DME) ( Russia)
|Crash site elevation:|| 179 m (587 feet) amsl |
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV/URMM), Russia|
|Destination airport:||Moskva-Domodedovo Airport (DME/UUDD), Russia|
Flight 964 took off from Kutaisi Airport (KUT), Georgia at 15:41, bound for Moskva-Domodedovo Airport (DME). Because of poor weather at Moscow, the flight diverted to Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV) were it landed at 18:37. When the weather had improved, the flight took off at 20:43, again bound for Moscow.
The flight was vectored for the approach to Domodedovo. During the approach the airplane was at first 100 m to the right of the localizer. This was overcorrected with the airplane being 60 m to the left of the localizer. The airplane approached the runway with a 10-15 degree bank to the right. Shortly before touchdown the movement to the right had to be arrested and the crew banked aggressively to the left at a 30-45 degree bank. The wing touched ground and the airplane touched down hard. It slid off the runway into the snow and caught fire.
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Distance from Mineralnye Vody Airport to Moskva-Domodedovo Airport as the crow flies is 1288 km (805 miles).
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.