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Accident description
Last updated: 23 May 2015
Date:Friday 15 August 1975
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev 40
Operator:Aeroflot / Azerbaijan
Registration: CCCP-87323
C/n / msn: 9330230
First flight: 1973
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants: 24
Total:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 28
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:4 km (2.5 mls) from Krasnovodsk Airport (KRW) (   Turkmenistan)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Baku-Bina International Airport (BAK/UBBB), Azerbaijan
Destination airport:Krasnovodsk Airport (KRW/UTAK), Turkmenistan
On approach to Krasnovodsk (KRW) the flaps were selected down. At the same time the headwind decreased causing a sudden drop in speed. The speed decreased from 250 km/h to 210 km/h. The airplane descended below the glidepath and crashed.

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Distance from Baku-Bina International Airport to Krasnovodsk Airport as the crow flies is 253 km (158 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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