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Last updated: 4 April 2020
Date:Thursday 6 February 1986
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN26 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-26B
Operator:Aeroflot / Belarus
Registration: CCCP-26095
C/n / msn: 11810
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:3088
Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-24VT
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Saransk (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Saransk Airport (SKX/UWPS), Russia
Destination airport:?
During a night takeoff from Saransk the captain mistook red lights on the localizer and inner marker beacon for the anti-collision lights of an oncoming aircraft and took violent evasive action. The aircraft lost altitude and collided with the ground, breaking up on impact.

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