Narrative:During a night time approach the airplane suddenly banked left. The crew lost control and the airplane crashed, killing all aboard.
|Date:||Friday 23 November 1979|
|Operator:||Soviet Air Force|
|C/n / msn:|| 053403067|
|First flight:|| 1975|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||12 km (7.5 mls) from Vitebsk Airport (VTB) ( Belarus)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Departure airport:||Vitebsk Airport (VTB/UMII), Belarus|
|Destination airport:||Vitebsk Airport (VTB/UMII), Belarus|
It appeared that the left flap retracted inadvertently 12 km short of the runway due to a broken cog-wheel.
Loss of control
» Scramble 253
» Soviet Transports
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.