ASN Aircraft accident Ilyushin Il-18A CCCP-75651 Ulyanovsk Airport (ULY)
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Date:Monday 26 December 1960
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-18A
Operator:Aeroflot, Ulyanovsk Advanced Flying Training College
Registration: CCCP-75651
MSN: 188000405
First flight: 1958
Total airframe hrs:144
Crew:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1,2 km (0.8 mls) NE of Ulyanovsk Airport (ULY) (   Russia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Kuybyshev Airport (KUF/UWWW), Russia
Destination airport:Ulyanovsk-Vostochny Airport (ULY/UWLW), Russia
An Ilyushin 18A aircraft was destroyed in an accident near Ulyanovsk Airport (ULY), Russia. All 17 on board were killed.
The airplane was approaching Ulyanovsk when it suddenly nosed down from an altitude of 120-150 m, just after the crew had selected the flaps down to 40 degrees.
It crashed in a plowed field and burst into flames.
A similar occurrence happened in 1961, but this time the crew managed to regain control by raising the flaps and adding power. Test flights in icing conditions showed that the Ilyushin 18 was vulnerable in icing conditions. Ice accretion on the horizontal stabilizer could result in a loss of control.

Control was lost when the flaps were selected down to 40 degrees while on approach to Ulyanovsk Airport (ULY). Icing was a possible factor. The airplane was on a training flight carrying a crew and several workers of the Voronezh aircraft factory.

Probable Cause:

Cause: Loss of control due to tailplane icing.

Loss of control



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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 Kuybyshev Airport to Ulyanovsk-Vostochny Airport as the crow flies is 133 km (83 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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Ilyushin Il-18

  • 569 built
  • 5th loss
  • 4th fatal accident
  • 2nd worst accident (at the time)
  • 38th worst accident (currently)
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