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Last updated: 16 January 2019
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Date:Friday 11 October 1985
Time:10:09
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev Yak-40
Operator:Aeroflot / Georgia
Registration: CCCP-87803
C/n / msn: 9230923
First flight: 1972
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:47 km (29.4 mls) W of Kutaisi (   Georgia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kutaisi Airport (KUT/UGKO), Georgia
Destination airport:Poti Airport (UGSP), Georgia
Narrative:
The Yak-40 should have climbed to 2400 m after takeoff, but was instructed to maintain 300 m because of an Antonov 24 landing at a neighbouring airport. Bad weather was encountered when changing heading in an area of mountainous terrain. The aircraft collided with a mountain slope.

Sources:
» Soviet Transports
» ICAO Adrep Summary 6/93 (#19)


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Distance from Kutaisi Airport to Poti Airport as the crow flies is 64 km (40 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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Yakovlev Yak-40

  • 1136 built
  • 42nd loss
  • 23rd fatal accident
  • 13th worst accident (at the time)
  • 24th worst accident (currently)
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