ASN Aircraft accident Yakovlev Yak-40 RA-87552 Shushenskoye
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Status:Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Date:Wednesday 29 January 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev Yak-40
Operating for:Krasnoyarskie Avialinii
Leased from:Cheremshanka Airlines
Registration: RA-87552
MSN: 9210321
First flight: 1972
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 23
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 27
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:18 km (11.3 mls) from Shushenskoye (   Russia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Podkamennaya Tunguska Airport (TGP/UNIP), Russia
Destination airport:Shushenskoye Airport (UNAU), Russia
The Yak-40 made a forced landing in the taiga while on final approach to Shushenskoye.
The aircraft operated on a domestic flight from Norilsk to Krasnoyarsk via Podkamennaya Tunguska and Shushenskoye.
On the leg to Shushenskoye the crew ignored the wind drift and did not tune the radio compass correctly.
The flight deviated from the prescribed flight path, causing the crew to lose orientation. A VFR approach was attempted in fog and snow. Having descended below the minimum safe altitude to 350 m and not having found the runway, the captain decided to perform a second approach. Again the pilot descended below the minimum safe altitude. When attempting a go around, the aircraft was already too low and hit the ground nose first at a distance of 17.5 km from the runway and 73 metres above the airport's elevation.

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Distance from Podkamennaya Tunguska Airport to Shushenskoye Airport as the crow flies is 913 km (571 miles).

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