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Accident description
Last updated: 8 October 2015
Date:Tuesday 25 December 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL76 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin 76M
Operator:Soviet Air Force
Registration: CCCP-86036
C/n / msn: 093416500 ?
First flight: 1979
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 34
Total:Fatalities: 43 / Occupants: 43
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:36 km (22.5 mls) from Kabul (   Afghanistan)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Tashkent-Yuzhny Airport (TAS/UTTT), Uzbekistan
Destination airport:Bagram Air Base (BPM/OAIX), Afghanistan
The Ilyushin transport plane struck the top of a mountain at a height of about 5000 m during a descent at night. The crew were approaching an unfamiliar airfield (Bagram AFB) with the absence of navigation equipment on the ground. Onboard there were paratroopers of the Vitebsk division, which were transferred to Kabul on the first day of invasion of the Soviet army to Afghanistan.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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Distance from Tashkent-Yuzhny Airport to Bagram Air Base as the crow flies is 697 km (436 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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