ASN Aircraft accident Yakovlev Yak-40 CCCP-87475 Batumi-Chorokh Airport (BUS)
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Date:Tuesday 15 July 1975
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev Yak-40
Operator:Aeroflot / Armenia
Registration: CCCP-87475
MSN: 9442037
First flight: 1974
Total airframe hrs:1244
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 35
Total:Fatalities: 40 / Occupants: 40
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:18 km (11.3 mls) E of Batumi-Chorokh Airport (BUS) (   Georgia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Yerevan-Zvartnots Airport (EVN/UDYZ), Armenia
Destination airport:Batumi-Chorokh Airport (BUS/UGSB), Georgia
Struck Mount Mtirala while performing a go-around. The weather at Batumi was poor and the weather conditions reported to the crew did not correspond to the actual conditions encountered during the approach. Visibility was 3000 m instead of 5000 m as reported.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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Distance from Yerevan-Zvartnots Airport to Batumi-Chorokh Airport as the crow flies is 284 km (177 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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