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Accident description
Last updated: 12 December 2017
Status:
Date:Tuesday 12 April 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN26 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 26
Operator:Aeroflot / Belarus
Registration: CCCP-26686
C/n / msn: 8806
First flight: 1979
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Minsk International 1 Airport (MHP) (   Belarus)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Riga International Airport (RIX/EVRA), Latvia
Destination airport:Minsk-1 International Airport (MHP/UMMM), Belarus
Narrative:
The An-26 cargo plane flew an unstabilized approach to Minsk. The approach speed was higher than planned and the airplane was above the glide path. The captain continued the approach and the aircraft touched down hard on all three wheels at 5.1 g and at a speed of 250 km/h. The airplane bounced three times and suffered severe structural damage.
An investigation revealed that the Centre of Gravity was too far aft as well.

Classification:
Centre of Gravity outside limits

Sources:
» Soviet Transports


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Distance from Riga International Airport to Minsk-1 International Airport as the crow flies is 405 km (253 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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