ASN Aircraft accident Avia 14 CCCP-52096 Vitim Airport
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Date:Wednesday 20 July 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL14 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avia 14
Operator:Aeroflot, East Siberia Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-52096
MSN: 086806109
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:20464
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 34
Total:Fatalities: 39 / Occupants: 40
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:0,5 km (0.3 mls) NNW of Vitim Airport (   Russia)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Vitim (UERT), Russia
Destination airport:Irkutsk Airport (IKT/UIII), Russia
Flightnumber: B-2
An Avia 14M passenger plane, operated by Aeroflot's East Siberia division, was destroyed in an accident at Vitim, Russia. Of the 34 passengers and six crew members on board, just one passenger surived the accident.
The runway of Vitim Airport was soaked and covered with puddles. The pilot attempted to take off with a tailwind. During the takeoff roll the airplane drifted to the side and the right hand main gear went off the side of the runway. The aircraft lifted off the runway after a 945 metres. It struck the post of a wooden fence and continued flying for another 200 metres before it struck trees. The airplane stalled at a height of 25-30 metres and crashed into a forest 500 meters past the end of the runway and 225 meters to the left of the extended centreline.

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Distance from Vitim to Irkutsk Airport as the crow flies is 940 km (587 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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Avia 14

  • 203 built
  • 16th loss
  • 9th fatal accident
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