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Last updated: 23 August 2019
Date:Wednesday 29 August 1979
Type:Tupolev Tu-124V
Operator:Aeroflot, Privolzhsk Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-45038
C/n / msn: 3351003
First flight: 1963
Total airframe hrs:23232
Engines: 2 Soloviev D-20P
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 58 / Occupants: 58
Total:Fatalities: 63 / Occupants: 63
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Kirsanov (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kiev-Borispol Airport (KBP/UKBB), Ukraine
Destination airport:Kazan Airport (KZN/UWKD), Russia
The Tu-124, on a flight from Odessa to Kazan via Kiev, departed Borispol Airport at 23:21 and climbed to FL270. At almost one hour into the flight the plane lost control and entered a spin. At an altitude of 3000 meters the airplane disintegrated due to overstress, causing the debris to be scattered over a large area.
Reportedly, an inadvertent flap extension had caused the plane to lose control.

Issue with flap(s)
Loss of control

» Soviet Transports
» Dmitriy Yertsov

Follow-up / safety actions
After this accident, the Tu-124 as a type was decommissioned on passenger flights.


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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 Kiev-Borispol Airport to Kazan Airport as the crow flies is 1348 km (842 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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