Accident description
Last updated: 19 September 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 12 June 1980
Time:13:44
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev 40
Operator:Aeroflot / Tajikistan
Registration: CCCP-87689
C/n / msn: 9910403
First flight: 1969
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 25
Total:Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 29
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:44 km (27.5 mls) NW of Dushanbe (   Tajikistan) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Leninabad Airport (LBD/UTDL), Tajikistan
Destination airport:Dushanbe Airport (DYU/UTDD), Tajikistan
Narrative:
En route from Leninabad (now Khudzhand) to Dushanbe the crew deviated from their course by 67km in order to avoid thunderstorm activity. They then reported passing a beacon while they where actually 37km from that beacon. The air traffic controller cleared the flight to descend from 6000 m to 4800 m. Then the crew has reported passing the outer marker at the prescribed height, while the plane was actually 43 km from the beacon. The controller cleared the flight down to 3600 m. The crew continued their descent and carried out the procedure right turn, following which the flight was cleared down to 2100 m. At height of 2840 m the crew noticed that their position was not correct, stopped descend and initiated a left turn. The Yak-40 entered clouds and struck the slope of a mountain, 44 km NW of the airport.

Sources:
» Soviet Transports
» Dmitriy Yertsov


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Distance from Leninabad Airport to Dushanbe Airport as the crow flies is 199 km (124 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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Yakovlev 40

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