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Accident description
Last updated: 28 August 2015
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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
Total airframe hrs:2130
Cycles:1914
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 24
Total:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 28
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:4 km (2.5 mls) S of 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
Narrative:
During a night time approach to Krasnovodsk Airport, the Yak-40 entered an area with a strong downdraught (at least 5 m/s). The aircraft was flying at a height of about 300 metres, some 5-8 km before the runway. Speed and height was lost and the airplane came close to a stall, banking heavily. Eventually the fuselage hit a cliff on the coast 4,700 metres before the runway threshold, 159 metres above sea level and 79 metres above runway level. The right wing and the right engine separated, the aircraft bounced off and crashed into another cliff. A fire erupted.

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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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