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Accident description
Last updated: 6 December 2016
Date:Friday 12 December 1986
Type:Silhouette image of generic T134 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev 134A
Operator:Aeroflot / Belarus
Registration: CCCP-65795
C/n / msn: 63145
First flight: 1980
Total airframe hrs:12658
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 63 / Occupants: 73
Total:Fatalities: 72 / Occupants: 82
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF) (   Germany)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Minsk-1 International Airport (MHP/UMMM), Belarus
Destination airport:Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF/EDDB), Germany
The Aeroflot flight from Minsk was cleared for an approach to runway 25L at Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF). The crew misunderstood the clearance and carried out an approach to runway 25R. This runway however was closed for construction works. During an attempt to switch to runway 25L, the airplane struck trees near Berlin-Bohnsdorf and crashed. Initially 70 occupants died; about 2 weeks later another two passengers died from their injuries.

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Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

» Soviet Transports
» Aviation Letter 243
» NRC Handelsblad 16.10.1987
» Thomas Brügge


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Distance from Minsk-1 International Airport to Berlin-Schönefeld Airport as the crow flies is 941 km (588 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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