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Accident description
Last updated: 8 October 2015
Date:Thursday 2 May 1974
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev 40
Operator:Aeroflot, Central Region Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-87398
C/n / msn: 9411033
First flight: 1974
Total airframe hrs:124
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 34
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 38
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Rostov Airport (ROV) (   Russia)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Rostov Airport (ROV/URRR), Russia
Destination airport:Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV/URMM), Russia
The Yak-40 attempted a takeoff from a wet grass runway (length 1,080 metres) at Rostov. The airplane was not able to lift off and the pilot decided to abort the takeoff. However, the jet failed to stop on the remaining runway and overran by 185 metres. It collided with a hummock, broke up and came to rest in a ravine.

Runway excursion

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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 Rostov Airport to Mineralnye Vody Airport as the crow flies is 419 km (262 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.
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