Loss of control Accident Antonov An-24B CCCP-46276,
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Date:Sunday 21 January 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Antonov An-24B
Owner/operator:Aeroflot, North Kavkaz Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-46276
MSN: 77303609
Year of manufacture:1967
Total airframe hrs:10623 hours
Cycles:11419 flights
Fatalities:Fatalities: 39 / Occupants: 39
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:near Petukhovo, Bolshesosnovsky district -   Russia
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Kazan Airport
Destination airport:Perm Airport (PEE/USPP)
About 15 minutes before the planned landing at Perm at an altitude of 5400 meters, the aircraft suddenly banked heavily to the right and then to the left. The An-24 spiralled down reaching a speed of almost 1000 km/h. At an altitude of 2700 m the aircraft gained some lift again and went into an upward looping. On top of it the airframe broke apart due to the high g loads. Afterwards, it fell down with a horizontal speed of 20 to 30 km/h and a vertical speed of 250 to 270 km/h. Of the 39 people aboard, about four people survived the crash as the fuselage fell on a thick layer of snow. Because of the bitter cold (- 41° C) the survivors died before rescue parties arrived.
The official investigation could not establish the cause of the crash. However, clues indicating the explosion of a missile were found, e.g. dots of green paint which was not from the aircraft. The Ministry of Defence denied that there were any exercises in the area. And according to the Meteorological Service there were no launches of weather balloons in the area.


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