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Last updated: 27 October 2016
Datum:Mittwoch 25 Oktober 2000
Zeit:ca 18:15
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyuschin 18D
Fluggesellschaft:Russian Air Force
Kennzeichen: RA-74295
Werknummer: 187010602
Baujahr: 1968
Anzahl Zyklen der Zelle:7694
Triebwerk: 4 Ivchenko AI-20M
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 11 / Insassen: 11
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 73 / Insassen: 73
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 84 / Insassen: 84
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:18 km (11.3 Meilen) E of Batumi-Chorokh Airport (BUS) (   Georgien)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Flug von:Chkalovsky Airport (CKL/UUMU), Russland
Flug nach:Batumi-Chorokh Airport (BUS/UGSB), Georgien
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.

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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Distance from Chkalovsky Airport to Batumi-Chorokh Airport as the crow flies is 1595 km (997 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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