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Last updated: 22 November 2019
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Date:Saturday 23 April 1966
Time:08:03
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL14 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-14
Operator:Aeroflot / Azerbaijan
Registration: CCCP-61772
C/n / msn: 146000310
First flight: 1956
Total airframe hrs:16257
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 28
Total:Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 33
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 18 km S off Boyuk Zira (   Azerbaijan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Baku-Bina International Airport (BAK/UBBB), Azerbaijan
Destination airport:Makhachkala Airport (MCX/URML), Russia
Flightnumber:2723
Narrative:
The Il-14 departed Baku-Bina Airport (BAK) at 07:42 in IMC. Weather conditions included low clouds, moderate to heavy rain, wind 16-20 m/s with gusts, and a visibility of 2-4 km.
After 12 minutes, at an altitude of 1,500 m, the crew reported abnormal operation of the engines. Assuming soaked spark plugs, the pilot-in-command reported that he would return to Baku. During the approach to Baku the no. 1 engine started to vibrate and power was lost. At 07:59 the crew reported that the engine temperature of both engines was dropping. The airplane descended to 200 m over sea but the flight was not able to reach the airport. The pilot radioed that he had to ditch the plane. This was the last transmission from the flight.

A few months later, the plane was accidentally found during a search by naval experts for another sunken object. It was located at the bottom of the sea at a depth of 23 m, 18-20 km south of an island named Boyuk Zira. The fuselage did not have significant damage. The plane and most of the bodies of the dead were lifted by a floating crane.

Classification:
Ditching

Sources:
» airdisaster.ru
» Soviet Transport


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Distance from Baku-Bina International Airport to Makhachkala Airport as the crow flies is 326 km (204 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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