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Last updated: 16 October 2019
Date:Thursday 13 January 1977
Type:Tupolev Tu-104A
Operator:Aeroflot, Far East Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-42369
C/n / msn: 86601203
First flight: 1958
Total airframe hrs:27189
Engines: 2 Mikulin AM-3M
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 90 / Occupants: 90
Total:Fatalities: 96 / Occupants: 96
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3,5 km (2.2 mls) from Alma-Ata Airport (ALA) (   Kazakhstan)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Novosibirsk-Tolmachevo Airport (OVB/UNNN), Russia
Destination airport:Alma-Ata Airport (ALA/UAAA), Kazakhstan
A fire broke out in the no. 1 engine. The crew began orbiting to burn up fuel but the fire reached the fuel tank. At a height of 300 m the fuel tank exploded. The crew lost control and the airplane crashed.

Engine fire
Fuel tank explosion
Loss of control

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Distance from Novosibirsk-Tolmachevo Airport to Alma-Ata Airport as the crow flies is 1348 km (843 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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