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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:
Date:Friday 6 March 1987
Time:19:09
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN26 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 26
Operator:Aeroflot / Tajikistan
Registration: CCCP-26007
C/n / msn: 9901
First flight: 1980
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:56 km (35 mls) E of Alma-Ata (   Kazakhstan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Biysk Airport, Russia
Destination airport:Alma-Ata Airport (ALA/UAAA), Kazakhstan
Narrative:
The Antonov struck a mountainside at 2370 m, 21 m below the summit. The crew failed to change heading while descending towards Alma-Ata. Air traffic control didn't monitor the flight for 2 minutes when the aircraft deviated from the airway. Upon noticing the deviation, the controller instructed a correcting right turn. The flight never responded, because communications in the vicinity of the mountain massif were unstable.

Classification:

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Soviet Transports
» ICAO Adrep Summary 5/93 (#24)


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Distance from Biysk Airport to Alma-Ata Airport as the crow flies is 1178 km (736 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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