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Last updated: 13 July 2020
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Date:Wednesday 28 February 1973
Time:18:59
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev Yak-40
Operator:Aeroflot, Kazakstan Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-87602
C/n / msn: 9120118
First flight: 1971
Total airframe hrs:1798
Cycles:1814
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 29
Total:Fatalities: 32 / Occupants: 32
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Semipalatinsk Airport (PLX) (   Kazakhstan)
Crash site elevation: 232 m (761 feet) amsl
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Semipalatinsk Airport (PLX/UASS), Kazakhstan
Destination airport:Karaganda Airport (KGF/UAKK), Kazakhstan
Narrative:
Shortly after a night time take-off from Semipalatinsk the aircraft fell back to the ground and crashed in a snow-covered field, 1457 metres behind the runway threshold.
The cause of the accident could not be established

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» Soviet Transports


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Distance from Semipalatinsk Airport to Karaganda Airport as the crow flies is 495 km (309 miles).

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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Yakovlev Yak-40

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