Narrative:The An-24 passenger plane, CCCP-46349, was damaged beyond repair in a controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) accident near Kharkov Airport (HRK). One crew member and eighteen passengers were killed; three crew members and 28 passengers survived the accident.
|Date:||Thursday 20 November 1975|
|Operator:||Aeroflot / Belarus|
|C/n / msn:|| 97305708|
|First flight:|| 1969|
|Total airframe hrs:||9445|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 46|
|Total:||Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 50 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||17 km (10.6 mls) W of Kharkov Airport (HRK) (Ukraine)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Rostov Airport (ROV/URRR), Russia|
|Destination airport:||Kharkov Airport (HRK/UKHH), Ukraine|
Air traffic control reported a wrong QNH setting to the crew. The altimeter was thus programmed with incorrect parameters, causing false altitude indications.
The readings of the barometric altimeter differed from the real altitude by 220 metres. On approach to Kharkov in clouds the crew ignored the warning of the ground proximity warning system and continued their descent until the aircraft hit trees, crashing into the slope of a hill.
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Distance from Rostov Airport to Kharkov Airport as the crow flies is 391 km (244 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.