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Last updated: 21 September 2020
Date:Wednesday 4 July 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL14 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-14
Operator:Aeroflot, Far East Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-91534
C/n / msn: 147001150
First flight: 1957
Total airframe hrs:26509
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:53 km (33.1 mls) S of Shakhtersk (   Russia)
Crash site elevation: 950 m (3117 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport (UUS/UHSS), Russia
Destination airport:Shakhtersk Airport (EKS/UHSK), Russia
An Ilyushin 14 passenger plane, CCCP-91534, was destroyed when it flew into the side of a mountain south of Shakhtersk, Russia. All 13 passengers and five crew members were killed.
The Il-14 crew started a premature descent towards Shakhtersk. The controller at Shakhtersk thought the flight was on approach, while it was still over 50 km out. He cleared the flight for a visual approach and gave descent instructions.
The airplane entered clouds and flew into the side of Mount Krasnov (altitude 1093 m) at an altitude of 950 meters.

Premature descent
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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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 Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport to Shakhtersk Airport as the crow flies is 258 km (161 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-14

  • 1122 built
  • 73rd loss
  • 57th fatal accident
  • 22nd worst accident (at the time)
  • 24th worst accident (currently)
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