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.
|Date:||Thursday 9 September 1976|
|Operator:||Aeroflot, North Kavkaz Civil Aviation Directorate|
|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:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||37 km (23.1 mls) S off Anapa [Black Sea] (Russia)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Rostov Airport (ROV/URRR), Russia|
|Destination airport:||Kerch Airport (KHC), Ukraine|
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.
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
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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.