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Last updated: 24 February 2020
Date:Tuesday 11 April 2006
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-2R
Operator:Kapoly Air
Registration: LZ-1178
C/n / msn: 1 174(473)17
First flight: 1962
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Kozlovets (   Bulgaria)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Kozlovets, Bulgaria
Destination airport:Kozlovets, Bulgaria
The pilot was performing the 12th flight of the day spraying crops. Before the 12th takeoff the pilot allowed to two unauthorized persons to go on board, an 11-year old boy, who occupied a right seat, and a 22-year old man, who was standing behind the seats. Takeoff was performed at 14:51. During the left turn at a speed of 140-150 km/h the An-2 descended from altitude of 5-10 m, struck the ground, left lower wing first, crashed and was destroyed by fire. Both adult men were killed while the boy suffered the serious injures.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Poor judgement, lack of discipline, overconfidence in his personal ability on the part of the pilot. He allowed creating a dangerous situation, flying at the extremely low altitude. The pilot was performing the sharp maneuvers, banking the aircraft up to 50 degrees (probably to impress his passengers). Contributing factors:
- There was no a co-pilot on board (contrary to regulations).
- Lack of the supervision on the part of the company (operator)


Loss of control

» Ministry of Transport, Aircraft Accident Investigation Unit Accident Report
» Translation: Dmitriy Yertsov


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