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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Saturday 8 July 1989
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 12BP
Operator:Soviet Air Force
Registration: CCCP-11875
C/n / msn: 7345006
First flight:
Engines: 4 Ivchenko AI-20M
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 28
Total:Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 34
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Cam Ranh Airport (   Vietnam)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Cam Ranh Airport (VVCR), Vietnam
Destination airport:Ho Chi Minh City-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
Narrative:
The ELINT aircraft operated on a flight from Cam Ranh to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. On landing in below minima weather conditions the aircraft deviated from the glide path and touched the ground 114 metres before the runway threshold, ripping off the right main gear and damaging the right outer wing, propeller no.4 and both hydraulics systems. The crew discontinued the landing and decided to return to Cam Ranh. On landing at Cam Ranh the crew feathered engine no. 1. The aircraft veered to the left, touched down late, veered off the runway, hit obstacles, broke up and caught fire.

Classification:
Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
» Soviet Transports
» Aviation Letter 274
» Scramble 253


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Distance from Cam Ranh Airport to Ho Chi Minh City-Tan Son Nhat International Airport as the crow flies is 307 km (192 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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Antonov An-12

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