ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev Tu-104B CCCP-42444 Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO)
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Date:Saturday 17 March 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic t104 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev Tu-104B
Operator:Aeroflot / Ukraine
Registration: CCCP-42444
MSN: 921001
First flight: 1959
Engines: 2 Mikulin AM-3M-500
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 57 / Occupants: 113
Total:Fatalities: 58 / Occupants: 119
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO) (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO/UUWW), Russia
Destination airport:Odessa-Central Airport (ODS/UKOO), Ukraine
A Tupolev 104B passenger jet, registered CCCP-42444, was damaged beyond repair in a CFIT accident near Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO), Russia. There were 113 passengers and six crew members on board. The airplane operated on a flight from Vnukovo to Odessa-Central Airport (ODS)
Shortly after takeoff at 19:30 a (false) no. 1 engine fire warning forced the crew to return to Moscow-Vnukovo. In poor visibility conditions the plane descended below the glide slope. The wing struck a pylon of a power line, contacted the top of a small hill and got airborne again. At a height of 5-10 m the Tu-104 crossed the Moscow-Kiev highway and crashed onto a frozen ploughed field. Having lost wings and the cockpit, the fuselage slid on the ground and stopped 200 m from the highway and 1920 m from the place of initial ground contact. The takeoff weight exceeded allowable on 10,7 tones and the flying experience of the pilot-in-command on Tu-104 planes was just 32 hours.

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photo of Tupolev-Tu-104B-CCCP-42444
accident date: 17-03-1979
type: Tupolev Tu-104B
registration: CCCP-42444

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Moskva-Vnukovo Airport to Odessa-Central Airport as the crow flies is 1109 km (693 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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