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Last updated: 28 March 2015
Datum:woensdag 25 oktober 2000
Tijd:ca 18:15
Type:Ilyushin 18D
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Russian Air Force
Registratie: RA-74295
Constructienummer: 187010602
Bouwjaar: 1968
Aantal vlieguren:15256
Aantal vluchten:7694
Motoren: 4 Ivchenko AI-20M
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 11 / inzittenden: 11
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 73 / inzittenden: 73
Totaal:slachtoffers: 84 / inzittenden: 84
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:18 km (11.3 mijl) E of Batumi-Chorokh Airport (BUS) (   GeorgiŽ)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Chkalovsky Airport (CKL), Rusland
Vliegveld van aankomst:Batumi-Chorokh Airport (BUS/UGSB), GeorgiŽ
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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