Accident description
Last updated: 25 April 2014
Date:Monday 7 July 1980
Type:Tupolev 154B-2
Operator:Aeroflot / Kazakstan
Registration: CCCP-85355
C/n / msn: 79A-355
First flight: 1979
Engines: 3 Kuznetsov NK-8-2U
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 163 / Occupants: 163
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) from Alma-Ata Airport (ALA) (   Kazakhstan) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Alma-Ata Airport (ALA/UAAA), Kazakhstan
Destination airport:Simferopol Airport (SIP/UKFF), Ukraine
Two minutes after takeoff from Alma-Ata, at a height of 120-150 m, the plane entered a zone of high air temperature (30-40 deg C) where the airspeed dropped because of the wind. Then the plane was caught in a downdraft and stalled. It descended nose down until it struck a farm and crashed on a wheat field near the suburbs of Alma-Ata.The Tu-154 disintegrated and caught fire, slid through a field and fell into a ravine.


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Distance from Alma-Ata Airport to Simferopol Airport as the crow flies is 3374 km (2109 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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