ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev Tu-104B CCCP-42503 Moskva-Domodedovo Airport (DME)
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Date:Friday 7 December 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic t104 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev Tu-104B
Operator:Aeroflot / Georgia
Registration: CCCP-42503
MSN: 021901
First flight: 1960
Total airframe hrs:18300
Engines: 2 Mikulin AM-3M-500
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 68
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 75
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Moskva-Domodedovo Airport (DME) (   Russia)
Crash site elevation: 179 m (587 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV/URMM), Russia
Destination airport:Moskva-Domodedovo Airport (DME/UUDD), Russia
Flightnumber: 964
A Tupolev 104B passenger plane, operated by Aeroflot's Georgia division was destroyed in a landing accident at Moskva-Domodedovo Airport (DME), Russia. There were 68 passengers and seven crew members on board. Eleven passengers and five crew members died in the accident.
Flight 964 took off from Kutaisi Airport (KUT), Georgia at 15:41, bound for Moskva-Domodedovo Airport (DME). Because of poor weather at Moscow, the flight diverted to Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV) were it landed at 18:37. When the weather had improved, the flight took off at 20:43, again bound for Moscow.
The flight was vectored for the approach to Domodedovo. During the approach the airplane was at first 100 m to the right of the localizer. This was overcorrected with the airplane being 60 m to the left of the localizer. The airplane approached the runway with a 10-15 degree bank to the right. Shortly before touchdown the movement to the right had to be arrested and the crew banked aggressively to the left at a 30-45 degree bank. The wing touched ground and the airplane touched down hard. It slid off the runway into the snow and caught fire.

Landing after unstabilized approach
Heavy landing
Runway excursion

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Distance from Mineralnye Vody Airport to Moskva-Domodedovo Airport as the crow flies is 1288 km (805 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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Tupolev Tu-104

  • 207 built
  • 28th loss
  • 18th fatal accident
  • 11th worst accident (at the time)
  • 16th worst accident (currently)
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