Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2014
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 7 December 1995
Time:03:08
Type:Tupolev 154B
Operator:Khabarovsk United Air
Registration: RA-85164
C/n / msn: 76A-164
First flight: 1976
Total airframe hrs:30001
Cycles:13801
Engines: 3 Kuznetsov NK-8-2U
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 90 / Occupants: 90
Total:Fatalities: 98 / Occupants: 98
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:50 km (31.3 mls) W of Grossevichi (   Russia) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport (UUS/UHSS), Russia
Destination airport:Khabarovsk-Novy Airport (KHV/UHHH), Russia
Flightnumber:3949
Narrative:
Went missing on a flight from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to Khabarovsk. The wreckage was found 11 days later. The aircraft was flying at 9600m when it suddenly banked right and entered a steep spiral dive.

PROBABLE CAUSE: Fuel-feed selected from wing tanks on the left side only. This was done to counteract the tendency to fly left-wing low. The fuel imbalance caused the aircraft to bank to the right during the flight. The autopilot was able to counteract this bank until 35 minutes after take-off.

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» Flight International 14-30.04.96(12)
» Flight International 7-13.02.96(8)
» Flight International 20.12.95-2.01.96(7)
» ICAO Adrep Summary 4/96 (#39)
» Scramble 200(40)
» Scramble 201(48)


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Distance from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport to Khabarovsk-Novy Airport as the crow flies is 588 km (367 miles).

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