Narrative:An Antonov 124-100 transport plane was destroyed when it crashed immediately after takeoff from Irkutsk-2 Airport, Russia. The airplane struck houses in a residential area, killing all 23 on board and 45 persons on the ground.
|Date:||Saturday 6 December 1997|
|Operator:||Russian Air Force|
|C/n / msn:|| 4516003|
|First flight:|| 1986|
|Total airframe hrs:||1034|
|Engines:|| 4 Lotarev D-18T|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15|
|Total:||Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23 |
|Ground casualties:||Fatalities: 45|
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||1,6 km (1 mls) SE of Irkutsk-2 Airport (Russia)
|Phase:|| Initial climb (ICL)|
|Departure airport:||Irkutsk Airport (IKT/UIII), Russia|
|Destination airport:||Vladivostok Airport (VVO/UHWW), Russia|
The An-124 was leased from the Russian Air Force by Cargotrans to transport two Sukhoi Su-27 fighter planes to Vietnam. The planned destination was Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam with an en route stop at Vladivostok Airport (VVO), Russia.
Three seconds after lifting off runway 14, at a height of about 5 m the number 3 engine surged. Climbing away with a high angle of attack engines nr. 2 and 1 also surged. The airplane reached a maximum height of 66 m before it descended, striking several buildings. It crashed into a residential area, 1600 m beyond the runway end.
» Aviation Week & Space Technology 15.12.1997 (29)
CCCP-82005 pictured at Farnborough prior to being moved from Aeroflot to the Russian Air Force
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 Irkutsk Airport to Vladivostok Airport as the crow flies is 2259 km (1412 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.