Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 1 September 2014
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Thursday 4 October 2001
Time:13:45
Type:Tupolev 154M
Operator:Sibir Airlines
Registration: RA-85693
C/n / msn: 90A-866
First flight: 1990
Total airframe hrs:16705
Cycles:7281
Engines: 3 Soloviev D-30KU-154-II
Crew:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 66 / Occupants: 66
Total:Fatalities: 78 / Occupants: 78
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:184 km (115 mls) off Adler, Russia [Black Sea] (   Atlantic Ocean) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV/LLBG), Israel
Destination airport:Novosibirsk-Tolmachevo Airport (OVB/UNNN), Russia
Flightnumber:1812
Narrative:
Flight 1812 had departed Tel Aviv for a flight to Novosibirsk. It proceeded at an altitude of FL360 on airway B-145 over the Black Sea. At the same time the Ukraine defence forces were doing an exercise near the coastal city of Theodosii in the Crimea region. Missiles were fired from an S-200V missile battery. A 5V28 missile missed the drone and homed in on the Tupolev. The missile exploded some 15 meters above the plane. The aircraft sustained serious damage, resulting in a decompression of the passenger cabin and a fire. The aircraft entered an uncontrolled descent, crashed into the sea and sank to a depth of 2000 m.

Classification:
Shot down from the ground
Loss of control

Sources:
» ITAR-TASS
» Izvestia
» Russian Ministry of Transport Order No. NA-424-r
» Scramble 274
» Sibir Airlines
» Soviet Transports


Follow-up / safety actions
Tel Aviv Airport was closed for some hours as a precautionary measure because of fears for possible terrorist actions.

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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 Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion International Airport to Novosibirsk-Tolmachevo Airport as the crow flies is 4467 km (2792 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.
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