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Last updated: 21 January 2020
Date:Wednesday 1 August 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev Yak-40
Operator:Aeroflot / Armenia
Registration: CCCP-87453
C/n / msn: 9431036
First flight: 1974
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 43 / Occupants: 43
Total:Fatalities: 46 / Occupants: 46
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:22 km (13.8 mls) W of Stepanakert (   Azerbaijan)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Yerevan-Zvartnots Airport (EVN/UDYZ), Armenia
Destination airport:Stepanakert Airport, Azerbaijan
The Yakovlev 40 struck a cloud covered hill at an altitude of 2520 m.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Premature descent.


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