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Last updated: 28 January 2020
Date:Friday 18 May 1973
Type:Tupolev Tu-104B
Operator:Aeroflot, East Siberia Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-42411
C/n / msn: 820303
First flight: 1958
Engines: 2 Mikulin AM-3M-500
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 74 / Occupants: 74
Total:Fatalities: 82 / Occupants: 82
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:97 km (60.6 mls) W of Chita (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Irkutsk Airport (IKT/UIII), Russia
Destination airport:Chita Airport (HTA/UIAA), Russia
The Tupolev 104 was hijacked by a passenger, who demanded to be flown to China. The explosive device which he had taken with him detonated at an altitude of FL300, causing the plane to crash east of Lake Baikal.
The Tu-104 is also reported to have been CCCP-42379.

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Distance from Irkutsk Airport to Chita Airport as the crow flies is 604 km (378 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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