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Accident description
Last updated: 9 February 2016
Date:Friday 18 September 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev 40
Operator:Aeroflot, East Siberia Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-87455
C/n / msn: 9431236
First flight: 1974
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 29
Total:Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 33
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 7
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:11 km (6.9 mls) from Zheleznogorsk-Ilimskiy (   Russia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Irkutsk Airport (IKT/UIII), Russia
Destination airport:Zheleznogorsk-Ilimskiy Airport (UIBV), Russia
The Yakovlev 40 was in level flight at an altitude of 400 m passing through clouds when it collided with an Aeroflot/East Siberia Mil Mi-8 helicopter (CCCP-22268). The Mi-8, on a training flight from Bratsk, had finished base leg and was in descending turn when the collision occurred.

Mid air collision
Loss of control

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