Accident description
Last updated: 18 September 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 28 August 1993
Time:10:46
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev 40
Operator:Tajikistan Airlines
Registration: 87995
C/n / msn: 9541944
First flight: 1975
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 77 / Occupants: 81
Total:Fatalities: 82 / Occupants: 86
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Khorog (   Tajikistan) show on map
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Khorog Airport (UTOD), Tajikistan
Destination airport:Dushanbe Airport (DYU/UTDD), Tajikistan
Narrative:
A Yakovlev 40 passenger jet was destroyed when it crashed on take-off from Khorog Airport, Tajikistan. All five crew members and 77 of the 81 passengers were killed.
The Yakovlev 40, configured to carry 28 passengers, was chartered to fly woman, children and militants to Dushanbe during the Civil war in Tajikistan. The crew were probably forced into accepting more passengers, causing the plane to be grossly overloaded.
The aircraft overran the runway at high speed. The left main gear struck a low earth embankment, 150m beyond the runway end. The right gear struck a concrete pill-box 60m further. The aircraft then fell into the River Pyanj.
The maximum takeoff weight was exceeded by 3,000 kg.


Classification:
Overloaded
Runway excursion

Sources:
» Soviet Transports
» ICAO Adrep Summary 3/94 (#109)
» Scramble 172


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Distance from Khorog Airport to Dushanbe Airport as the crow flies is 261 km (163 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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