Narrative:An Antonov 140-100 turboprop, operated by Azerbaijan Airlines, was destroyed in an accident near Nardaran, Azerbaijan. All 23 on board were killed.
Fligh 217 took off from Baku on a flight to Aktau, Kazakhstan. Some five minutes after the night-time departure, while heading over the Caspian Sea, the crew reported a systems failure. The crew lost spatial orientation and the aircraft entered a steep right downward spiral and crashed on the shore of the Caspian Sea.
It appeared that the aircraft took off with caged gyro horizons. This was a malfunction due to the fact that some counterfeit components had been installed during production.
Loss of control
» Echo, AFP
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METAR Weather report:
18:30 UTC / 22:30 local time: UBBB 231830Z 30002KT 3000 -RA BKN003 OVC020 08/08 Q1010 88290060 NOSIG=
Wind 300 degrees at 2 kts, visibility 3000m in light rain, 5-7 oktas cloud at 300ft 8 oktas overcast cloud at 2000ft temperature 8C dewpoint 8C QNH 1010hPa no significant weather
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 Baku-Heydar Aliyev International Airport to Aktau Airport as the crow flies is 384 km (240 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.