Narrative:Lost control after takeoff, crashed into a forest just outside a fence around the airport and burst into flames. Preliminary investigation results indicate that the stabilizer spontaneously shifted to the full down (-12 degrees) position two seconds after takeoff. Six seconds after the shift, the captain tried to compensate by thrusting the control stick forward as far as possible, but he was unable to regain control of the aircraft. METAR for Moscow around the time of the accident (11:25 GMT) read:
|Date:||Sunday 28 July 2002|
|Operator:||Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise|
|C/n / msn:|| 51483203027|
|First flight:|| 1983|
|Total airframe hrs:||18363|
|Engines:|| 4 Kuznetsov NK-86|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 16|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 16 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) (Russia)
|Phase:|| Takeoff (TOF)|
|Departure airport:||Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO/UUEE), Russia|
|Destination airport:||Saint Petersburg-Pulkovo Airport (LED/ULLI), Russia|
UUEE 281100Z 05003MPS 010V100 CAVOK 27/08 Q1028 NOSIG=
UUEE 281200Z 05003MPS 020V100 CAVOK 27/09 Q1028 NOSIG=
» RIA Novosti
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Distance from Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport to Saint Petersburg-Pulkovo Airport as the crow flies is 595 km (372 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.