Accident description
Last updated: 18 September 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 15 July 1975
Time:12:34
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev 40
Operator:Aeroflot / Armenia
Registration: CCCP-87475
C/n / msn: 9442037
First flight: 1974
Total airframe hrs:1244
Cycles:1151
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 35
Total:Fatalities: 40 / Occupants: 40
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:18 km (11.3 mls) E of Batumi-Chorokh Airport (BUS) (   Georgia) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Yerevan-Zvartnots Airport (EVN/UDYZ), Armenia
Destination airport:Batumi-Chorokh Airport (BUS/UGSB), Georgia
Flightnumber:E-15
Narrative:
Struck Mount Mtirala while performing a go-around. The weather at Batumi was poor and the weather conditions reported to the crew did not correspond to the actual conditions encountered during the approach. Visibility was 3000 m instead of 5000 m as reported.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» airdisaster.ru
» Soviet Transports


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Distance from Yerevan-Zvartnots Airport to Batumi-Chorokh Airport as the crow flies is 284 km (177 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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