Narrative:Immediately after takeoff from Vnukovo Airport, runway 24, the Tu-124 jet aircraft entered clouds. Both artificial horizons then failed. The crew members did not have any visual cues outside the aircraft and lost situational awareness. The airplane banked left until the angle of bank reached about 95 degrees. At a descent rate of 50 m/s the airplane struck the ground, destroying several houses.
|Date:||Saturday 3 January 1976|
|Operator:||Aeroflot, North Kavkaz Civil Aviation Directorate|
|C/n / msn:|| 2351002|
|First flight:|| 1962|
|Total airframe hrs:||17014|
|Engines:|| 2 Soloviev D-20P|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 56 / Occupants: 56|
|Total:||Fatalities: 61 / Occupants: 61 |
|Ground casualties:||Fatalities: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||7 km (4.4 mls) W of Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO) (Russia)
|Phase:|| Initial climb (ICL)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO/UUWW), Russia|
|Destination airport:||Minsk-1 International Airport (MHP/UMMM), Belarus|
Aeroflot Flight 2003 was a flight from Moscow's Vnukovo Airport (VKO) to Minsk-1 Airport (MHP) and Brest (BQT), Belarus.
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Distance from Moskva-Vnukovo Airport to Minsk-1 International Airport as the crow flies is 648 km (405 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.