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Accident description
Last updated: 26 April 2018
Date:Saturday 16 November 1991
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 12
Operator:Soviet Air Force
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 22
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) from Amderma Airport (AMV) (   Russia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Ryazan Airport (RZN/UUWR), Russia
Destination airport:Vorkuta Airport (VKT/UUYW), Russia
A Soviet Air Force Antonov 12 transport plane was destroyed when it crashed near Amderma Airport (AMV). It struck terrain following a premature descent in poor weather. It appeared the instrument landing system did not work.
The crew had diverted to Amderma because of poor weather at the intended destination Vorkuta.



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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Ryazan Airport to Vorkuta Airport as the crow flies is 1901 km (1188 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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Antonov An-12

  • 1243 built
  • 112th loss
  • 64th fatal accident
  • 13th worst accident (at the time)
  • 23rd worst accident (currently)
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