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Last updated: 17 October 2019
Datum:Sonntag 16 Dezember 1973
Flugzeugtyp:Tupolew Tu-124V
Fluggesellschaft:Aeroflot / Lithuania
Kennzeichen: CCCP-45061
Werknummer: 4351406
Baujahr: 1964
Triebwerk: 2 Soloviev D-20P
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 6 / Insassen: 6
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 45 / Insassen: 45
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 51 / Insassen: 51
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Karacharovo (   Russland)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Vilnius Airport (VNO/EYVI), Litauen
Flug nach:Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO/UUWW), Russland
The Tu-124 was descending towards Moscow when, at 8000 m, a short circuit occurred in the elevator trim system. The horizontal stabilizer moved to a position which put the Tupolev in a dive and a resulting spin. The crew brought the plane under control at an altitude of about 2000 m. Because of a loss of situational awareness and a gyro that had failed due to loads sustained in the dive, he crew again lost control of the airplane. They were unable to regain control and the aircraft crashed.

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Distance from Vilnius Airport to Moskva-Vnukovo Airport as the crow flies is 762 km (476 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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