Narrative:Flight 1047 departed Moscow about 22:40 for a flight to Sochi. It crashed almost simultaneously with a Volga-Aviaexpress Tupolev 134 which had also departed Domodedovo earlier that night. Investigations revealed traces of Hexogen, a highly sophisticated explosive also known as RDX in the wreckage. It appeared that the explosives had been carried aboard by a female passenger. Two female suicide bombers arrived at Moscow at 19:45 on the same day on a flight from Makhachkala in the company of another two Chechens. They had taken aside on arrival and were handed to a police captain in charge of antiterrorist precautions, but they were released without apparently having been searched. Both women then bought tickets on the Sibir flight to Sochi and the Volga-Aviaexpress to Volgograd from a black-market peddler. After bribing a Sibir Airlines employee in charge of check-in and boarding one of the women was able to bypass security and get on board the Tupolev 154.
|Date:||Tuesday 24 August 2004|
|C/n / msn:|| 82A-556|
|First flight:|| 1982|
|Total airframe hrs:||30751|
|Engines:|| 3 Kuznetsov NK-8-2U|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 38 / Occupants: 38|
|Total:||Fatalities: 46 / Occupants: 46 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||8 km (5 mls) from Gluboki (Russia)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Moskva-Domodedovo Airport (DME/UUDD), Russia|
|Destination airport:||Adler/Sochi Airport (AER/URSS), Russia|
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 Moskva-Domodedovo Airport to Adler/Sochi Airport as the crow flies is 1328 km (830 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.