ASN Aircraft accident Antonov An-12BP RA-12957 Chelyabinsk Airport (CEK)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 26 May 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-12BP
Operator:Moskovia Airlines
Registration: RA-12957
MSN: 88345508
First flight: 1968
Total airframe hrs:42817
Engines: 4 Ivchenko AI-20M
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:11 km (6.9 mls) W of Chelyabinsk Airport (CEK) (   Russia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Chelyabinsk Airport (CEK/USCC), Russia
Destination airport:Perm Airport (PEE/USPP), Russia
The An-12 had delivered cargo at Chelyabinsk (CEK) and was heading back to Perm (PEE). The airplane took off from runway 09 at 14:03 UTC. About a minute after takeoff the crew reported smoke in the cockpit. They requested permission to return for landing on runway 09. While positioning for an approach to runway 09 smoke continued to fill the flight deck. The crew also received several (false) warnings. Then two engines automatically shut down. Aileron control was lost about 11 km before landing. The aircraft struck terrain and burned.

Probable Cause:

CONCLUSION (translation from Russian)
The aviation accident involving An-12 RA-12957 was the result of a collision with the ground, which was the result of loss of aircraft roll controllability due to the destruction ailerons control cables while carrying out an emergency approach to the airport of departure Chelyabinsk because of the haze cargo cabin.
The destruction of aileron wiring occurred, presumably, in the area of the 23-25 web frames of the cargo hold. The reason for the destruction of the wiring installation has most likely been a significant heating of a control rod located in this zone, made of alloy D16-T, and its subsequent break under tension-load operation.
Heating of the control rod could be a consequence of fire of the aircraft's electricity network, in immediate proximity from the control rod. This led to smoke in the cargo hold, unexpected triggering of alarm systems, aircraft equipment failures, and the auto-shutdown of two engines.
Electrical bunch-conductors, distributors, blocks and aggregates of the aeronautical equipment, located in the 15-25 frames zone (ceiling of the cargo compartment) came under intense attack by fire, resulting in a collision collision with the ground, as a result of which it was impossible to accurately determine the primary origin and reason of the fire.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: MAK
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 126 days (4 months)
Accident number: final report
Download report: Final report

Inflight fire
Loss of control

» Russia Today
» Soviet Transports
» MAK Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC)


photo of Antonov-An-12-RA-12957
accident date: 26-05-2008
type: Antonov An-12
registration: RA-12957
photo of Antonov-An-12-RA-12957
accident date: 26-05-2008
type: Antonov An-12
registration: RA-12957

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 Chelyabinsk Airport to Perm Airport as the crow flies is 440 km (275 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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