Accident description
Last updated: 23 July 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 17 March 1979
Time:19:44
Type:Tupolev 104B
Operator:Aeroflot / Ukraine
Registration: CCCP-42444
C/n / msn: 921001
First flight: 1959
Engines: 2 Mikulin AM-3M-500
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 57 / Occupants: 113
Total:Fatalities: 58 / Occupants: 119
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO) (   Russia) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO/UUWW), Russia
Destination airport:Odessa-Central Airport (ODS/UKOO), Ukraine
Narrative:
A Tupolev 104B passenger jet, registered CCCP-42444, was damaged beyond repair in a CFIT accident near Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO), Russia. There were 113 passengers and six crew members on board. The airplane operated on a flight from Vnukovo to Odessa-Central Airport (ODS)
Shortly after take-off at 19:30 a (false) no. 1 engine fire warning forced the crew to return to Moscow-Vnukovo. In poor visibility conditions the plane descended below the glide slope. The wing struck a pylon of a power line, contacted the top of a small hill and got airborne again. At a height of 5-10 m the Tu-104 crossed the Moscow-Kiev highway and crashed onto a frozen ploughed field. Having lost wings and the cockpit, the fuselage slid on the ground and stopped 200 m from the highway and 1920 m from the place of initial ground contact. The take-off weight exceeded allowable on 10,7 tones and the flying experience of the pilot-in-command on Tu-104 planes was just 32 hours.


Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» airdisaster.ru
» Soviet Transports
» Dmitriy Yertsov


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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 display the exact flight path.
Distance from Moskva-Vnukovo Airport to Odessa-Central Airport as the crow flies is 1109 km (693 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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