Narrative:Due to bad weather (low clouds, rain) the crew attempted to land from the north-east (usually planes landing at Batumi approach from the seaside, i.e. from the west). When descending from 3000 m, the plane struck Mtirala mountain at the 1336 m level.
|Date:||25 OCT 2000|
|Operator:||Russian Air Force|
|C/n / msn:|| 187010602|
|First flight:|| 1968|
|Total airframe hrs:||15256|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 72 / Occupants: 72|
|Total:||Fatalities: 83 / Occupants: 83 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||18 km (11.3 mls) E of Batumi-Chorokh Airport (BUS) (Georgia)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Departure airport:||Chkalovsky Airport (CKL), Russia|
|Destination airport:||Batumi-Chorokh Airport (BUS/UGSB), Georgia|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "A considerable departure of the plane from the assigned trajectory of descent and a landing approach to Batumi airport. This has caused the plane to lower to the altitude below permissible and fly into a mountain. Four factors continued to the accident: First, a navigation error made by the crew in the final stage of landing approach: second, a mistake made by Batumi air traffic controller who failed to locate the plane and conform it to the crew; third, the air traffic controller and the crew have lost control of the actual position of the plane and failed to cut short a landing approach and fly to a reserve airport. The fourth factor was" erroneous data shown by ground radio-technical facilities at Batumi airport."
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