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Last updated: 19 November 2018
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Wednesday 18 May 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-12B
Operator:Silk Way Airlines
Registration: 4K-AZ25
C/n / msn: 3341209
First flight: 1963
Engines: 4 Ivchenko AI-20
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Dwyer Airport (DWR) (   Afghanistan)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Dwyer Airport (DWR/OADY), Afghanistan
Destination airport:Mary Airport (MYP/UTAM), Turkmenistan
An Antonov 12B cargo plane, operated by Silk Way Airlines, crashed on takeoff from Camp Dwyer in Afghanistan. Seven of the nine crew members were killed in the accident. On board were the crew Uzbek captain, three citizens of Ukraine and five Azerbaijani nationals.
During takeoff the No.3 engine went into negative thrust. The aircraft travelled 2400m in about 70 seconds and overran at a speed of around 220 km/h. The aircraft hit an obstruction and burst into flames.

Runway excursion



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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
19 July 1963 CCCP-11408 Soviet Air Force
25 Sept. 1986 CCCP-11408 Soviet Air Force Gear-up landing at Kabul, Afghanistan
15 Nov. 1991 CCCP-11408 MAP Omsk APO Aircraft Production Association (APO) of the Ministry of Aviation Industry (MAP)
12 Nov. 1993 RA-11408 Aviaobshchemash
1995 RA-11408 Sky Cabs Air Cargo leased
9 April 1998 RA-11408 Aerofreight Airlines
Nov. 2003 RA-11408 Avial NV leased
March 2004 RA-11408 Aerofreight Airlines returned
July 2004 4K-AZ56 Silk Way bought
2006 UR-CAF Shovkoviy Shlyah
Sept. 2015 4K-AZ25 Silk Way

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 Dwyer Airport to Mary Airport as the crow flies is 748 km (467 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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