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Last updated: 4 July 2020
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Date:Saturday 9 May 1992
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev Yak-40
Operator:Ararat Avia
Registration: CCCP-87532
C/n / msn: 9521641
First flight: 1975
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 33
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sisian Airport (   Armenia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Stepanakert Airport (UBBS), Azerbaijan
Destination airport:Yerevan Airport (EVN/UDYZ), Armenia
Narrative:
The Yak-40 operated on a charter flight from Stepanakert to Yerevan with 30 refugees aboard when it was attacked by an Azerbaijani Air Force Sukhoi Su-25 above the Kalbajar District, Azerbaijan. Two engines failed and a fire erupted with smoke filling the cabin. The pilots made an emergency descent and carried out a gear-up landing at Sisian Airport.

The Su-25 had been stolen from a Russian air base a month before by Senior Lt. Vagif Kurbanov, who was also involved in this event.

Classification:
Shot down by aircraft
Forced landing on runway

Sources:
» Accident photo
» Air War over Nagorniy-Kharabakh, 1988-1994 (ACIG.org)
» airdisaster.ru
» Soviet Transports


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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 Stepanakert Airport to Yerevan Airport as the crow flies is 204 km (128 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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