ASN Aircraft accident Yakovlev Yak-40 CCCP-87544 Tbilisi Airport (TBS)
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Date:Monday 2 October 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev Yak-40
Operator:Aeroflot, Privolzhsk Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-87544
MSN: 9530942
First flight: 1975
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 26
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 30
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Tbilisi Airport (TBS) (   Georgia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Volgograd Airport (VOG/URWW), Russia
Destination airport:Tbilisi Airport (TBS/UGGG), Georgia
The hydraulic system of the Yak-40 failed during a night-time flight to Tbilisi (TBS). The crew were only able to lower the undercarriage and carried out a flapless landing. They touched down at a speed of 250 km/h (135 kts) and overran the end of the runway at a speed of 165 km/h (89 knots). It hit a concrete mast and broke in three.
The flight originated in Ulyanovsk.

Runway excursion

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Distance from Volgograd Airport to Tbilisi Airport as the crow flies is 787 km (492 miles).

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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