ASN Aircraft accident Yakovlev Yak-40 CCCP-87738 Zhdanov Airport (MPW)
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Date:Wednesday 30 March 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev Yak-40
Operator:Aeroflot / Ukraine
Registration: CCCP-87738
MSN: 9010310
First flight: 1970
Total airframe hrs:5894
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 24
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 28
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) from Zhdanov Airport (MPW) (   Ukraine)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Dnepropetrovsk Airport (DNK/UKDD), Ukraine
Destination airport:Zhdanov Airport (MPW/UKCM), Ukraine
The crew continued their visual approach even after entering an area of fog with visibility less than 500 m and losing sight of the ground. When deciding to go around, the right wing hit a 9-meter high pole at a height of 6 m. The wing caught fire, and the number 2 engine had failed. With a progressive roll the aircraft flew 420 meters at an angle of 40-45° until the right wing touched the ground. The fuselage hit the ground sideways in a field about 1500 meters from the runway. The airplane broke up and caught fire.

VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

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Distance from Dnepropetrovsk Airport to Zhdanov Airport as the crow flies is 225 km (140 miles).

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