Accident description
Last updated: 29 July 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 16 November 1981
Time:19:30
Type:Tupolev 154B-2
Operator:Aeroflot, Krasnoyarsk Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-85480
C/n / msn: 81A-480
First flight: 1981
Engines: 3 Kuznetsov NK-8-2U
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 95 / Occupants: 160
Total:Fatalities: 99 / Occupants: 167
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Noril'sk Airport (NSK) (   Russia) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Krasnoyarsk Airport (KJA/UNKL), Russia
Destination airport:Noril'sk Airport (NSK), Russia
Narrative:
While on approach to Noril'sk, the plane acquired an excessive vertical speed and descended below the glideslope. It impacted terrain in an open field about 470 m from the runway threshold and slid across the frozen ground for about 300 m. The Tu-154 had a high descent speed, maximum forward centre of gravity and slow flying speed. The high descent speed could not be countered by applying maximum elevator trim.

Classification:

Loss of control

Sources:
» Dmitriy Yertsov
» posadki.net
» Soviet Transports


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Distance from Krasnoyarsk Airport to Noril'sk Airport as the crow flies is 1472 km (920 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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