ASN Aircraft accident Antonov An-10A CCCP-11215 Kharkov Airport (HRK)
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Date:Thursday 18 May 1972
Type:Antonov An-10A
Operator:Aeroflot / Ukraine
Registration: CCCP-11215
MSN: 0402502
First flight: 1961
Total airframe hrs:15485
Engines: 4 Ivchenko AI-20K
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 115 / Occupants: 115
Total:Fatalities: 122 / Occupants: 122
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:24 km (15 mls) from Kharkov Airport (HRK) (   Ukraine)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO/UUWW), Russia
Destination airport:Kharkov Airport (HRK/UKHH), Ukraine
The Antonov 10 was operating on a flight from Moscow to Kharkov. The airplane had started its descent from cruising altitude and the crew had been cleared for a descent to 5000 feet. During the descent a structural failure caused both wings to separate from the fuselage, causing the fuselage to crash into a wooded area. Weather was fine with a 5000-7000 feet cloud base and a visibility of about 5 miles. Wind was calm. The aircraft had logged 15483 flying hours and 11105 cycles. Aeroflot ceased Antonov 10 operations following this accident.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: The center wing section failed due to a fatigue crack in the lower central wing panel.

Wing failure
Loss of control

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Distance from Moskva-Vnukovo Airport to Kharkov Airport as the crow flies is 629 km (393 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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