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Last updated: 25 September 2020
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Date:Thursday 6 February 1986
Time:23:23
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
Cycles:1301
Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-24VT
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 2 km SE of Saransk Airport (SKX) (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Saransk Airport (SKX/UWPS), Russia
Destination airport:Gomel Airport (GME/UMGG), Belarus
Flightnumber:14454
Narrative:
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.

Sources:
» airdisaster.ru
» Soviet Transports


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Distance from Saransk Airport to Gomel Airport as the crow flies is 948 km (593 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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