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Accident description
Last updated: 7 October 2015
Date:Tuesday 15 February 1977
Type:Ilyushin 18V
Operator:Aeroflot / Uzbekistan
Registration: CCCP-75520
C/n / msn: 183006703
First flight: 1963
Total airframe hrs:29443
Engines: 4 Ivchenko AI-20K
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 76 / Occupants: 92
Total:Fatalities: 77 / Occupants: 98
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 km (1.3 mls) S of Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV) (   Russia)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Nukus Airport (NCU/UTNN), Uzbekistan
Destination airport:Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV/URMM), Russia
The Il-18 operated on a passenger flight from Tashkent to Mineralnye Vody with an en route stop at Nukus.
Due to low clouds and fog at Mineralnye Vody the crew had to executed a missed approach. The flaps were fully raised and the nose pitched up to a critical angle of attack. The airplane impacted a railway embankment and burst into flames.

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