ASN Aircraft accident Ilyushin Il-18E CCCP-75408 Verkhnyaya Khava
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Date:Saturday 6 March 1976
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-18E
Operator:Aeroflot / Armenia
Registration: CCCP-75408
MSN: 186009201
First flight: 1966
Total airframe hrs:21587
Crew:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 100 / Occupants: 100
Total:Fatalities: 111 / Occupants: 111
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Verkhnyaya Khava (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO/UUWW), Russia
Destination airport:Yerevan Airport (EVN/UDYZ), Armenia
Flightnumber: 909
The Ilyushin had taken off from Moscow-Vnukovo for a flight to Yerevan. En route at FL260 an electrical power failure occurred, disabling the compass system, two main gyros and autopilot. The flight crew were confused now knowing whether the left, right or standby gyro were giving correct information. After some banking manoeuvres, the aircraft apparently lost control and crashed. The accident happened at night with a thick layer of clouds, topping at FL130; the natural horizon was not visible.

Electrical system problem
Loss of control

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Distance from Moskva-Vnukovo Airport to Yerevan Airport as the crow flies is 1782 km (1114 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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