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Accident description
Last updated: 27 November 2015
Date:Sunday 26 December 1993
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN26 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 26B
Operator:Kuban Airlines
Registration: RA-26141
C/n / msn: 12903
First flight: 1983
Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-24VT
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 31
Total:Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 36
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Gyumri-Leninakan Airport (LWN) (   Armenia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Krasnodar Airport (KRR/URKK), Russia
Destination airport:Gyumri-Leninakan Airport (LWN), Armenia
The An-26 was operating on a cargo flight from Krasnodar (KRR) to Gyumri-Leninakan Airport (LWN). The airplane was loaded with two poorly secured cars and petrol cans. Prior to takeoff the pilot decided to allow 31 passengers on board the flight as well. The airplane was now overloaded.
Weather at the destination was poor with a visibility of 200m in fog, which was below minima. Nevertheless the crew attempted to land. The airplane contacted the ground as the pilot attempted a go-around. The aircraft stalled and crashed inverted to the left of the runway, 2,990 metres behind the runway threshold.

Loss of control

» Soviet Transports
» Scramble 179
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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 Krasnodar Airport to Gyumri-Leninakan Airport as the crow flies is 606 km (379 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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Antonov 26

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