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Accident description
Last updated: 19 March 2018
Date:Tuesday 17 December 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 12RR
Operator:Russian Air Force
Registration: 21 red
C/n / msn: 3341404
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:8 km (5 mls) from Andreapol Air Base (   Russia)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Andreapol Air Base, Russia
Destination airport:Krasnodar Airport (KRR/URKK), Russia
The An-12 military transport plane operated on a cargo flight from St. Petersburg to Krasnodar. The airplane carried six crew members and eleven passengers. Among the passengers was the commander of the Leningrad Military District. In addition to military cargo, the airplane carried building materials and a private car. Reportedly intended for the commander's house in the Krasnodar region.
The airplane was 1500 kg overloaded when it departed Andreapol Air Base following an intermediate stop. It was snowing at the time of departure and ice was building up on the wings. When the flaps were retracted after takeoff, the airplane began to roll and was unstable. Control was lost and the airplane crashed into the woods in a nose-up attitude in a 50° roll. The airplane broke up and burned.

Loss of control

» Flight International 4-10.06.1997 (46)


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Distance from Andreapol Air Base to Krasnodar Airport as the crow flies is 1366 km (854 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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Antonov An-12

  • 1243 built
  • 135th loss
  • 78th fatal accident
  • 22nd worst accident (at the time)
  • 28th worst accident (currently)
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