Accident Yakovlev Yak-40 CCCP-87323,
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Date:Friday 15 August 1975
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Yakovlev Yak-40
Owner/operator:Aeroflot / Azerbaijan
Registration: CCCP-87323
MSN: 9330230
Year of manufacture:1973
Total airframe hrs:2130 hours
Cycles:1914 flights
Engine model:Ivchenko AI-25
Fatalities:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 38
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:4 km S of Krasnovodsk Airport (KRW) -   Turkmenistan
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Baku-Bina International Airport (BAK/UBBB)
Destination airport:Krasnovodsk Airport (KRW/UTAK)
During a night time approach to Krasnovodsk Airport, the Yak-40 entered an area with a strong downdraught (at least 5 m/s). The aircraft was flying at a height of about 300 metres, some 5-8 km before the runway. Speed and height was lost and the airplane came close to a stall, banking heavily. Eventually the fuselage hit a cliff on the coast 4,700 metres before the runway threshold, 159 metres above sea level and 79 metres above runway level. The right wing and the right engine separated, the aircraft bounced off and crashed into another cliff. A fire erupted.

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