Narrative:Antonov 24 CCCP-46653 operated on a domestic passenger flight from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport (UUS) to Blagoveshchensk Airport (BQS) via Komsomol'sk-na-Amure Airport (KXK). The flight had departed Komsomol'sk-na-Amure at 07:56 and was en route to Blagoveshchensk at FL170 when it collided in mid air with a Soviet Air Force Tupolev 16K (msn 6203106).
|Date:||24 AUG 1981|
|Operator:||Aeroflot, Far East Civil Aviation Directorate|
|C/n / msn:|| 47309204|
|First flight:|| 1974|
|Engines:|| 2 Ivchenko AI-24VT|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 27|
|Total:||Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 32 |
|Collision casualties:||Fatalities: 6|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||70 km (43.8 mls) E of Zavitinsk (Russia)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Komsomol'sk-na-Amure Airport (KXK), Russia|
|Destination airport:||Blagoveshchensk Airport (BQS/UHBB), Russia|
The Antonov disintegrated and crashed. One passenger, 20 year old Larissa Savizkaja survived the crash and was found in a forest 3 days later. The Tupolev, which acted as a support aircraft for two military weather research planes, also crashed.
The collision was said to have been caused by poor coordination between the civilian and military air traffic controllers.
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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 Komsomol'sk-na-Amure Airport to Blagoveshchensk Airport as the crow flies is 669 km (418 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.