Accident description
Last updated: 18 April 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 9 September 1976
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev 40
Operator:Aeroflot, North Kavkaz Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-87772
C/n / msn: 9030713
First flight: 1970
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 46
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:37 km (23.1 mls) S off Anapa [Black Sea] (   Russia) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Rostov Airport (ROV/URRR), Russia
Destination airport:Kerch Airport (KHC), Ukraine
Flightnumber: 31
Narrative:
Flight 31, a Yakovlev 40 on its way to Kerch, had been cleared to FL187. This altitude however, was intended for the reciprocal track. The Yakovlev collided head-on with an Antonov 24 (CCCP-46518) on its way to Sochi. The wreckage sank in water, 1500-1600 feet deep.

PROBABLE CAUSE: Violation of separation rules. Contributing causes were insufficient visual alertness on the part of both crews and a lack of 'situation analysis' based on air/ground radio communications.

Events:


Sources:
» Soviet Transports
» Aviation Disasters / D. Gero
» airdisaster.ru


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Distance from Rostov Airport to Kerch Airport as the crow flies is 333 km (208 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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