ASN Aircraft accident Antonov An-2SX RA-33462 Novopokrovskoye, Balashov district
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 30 June 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-2SX
Operator:Krasnokutske Flight School of Civil Aviation
Registration: RA-33462
MSN: 1G228-12
First flight: 1987
Total airframe hrs:3370
Engines: 1 Shvetsov ASh-62IR
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 km (1.3 mls) from Novopokrovskoye, Balashov district (   Russia)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Novopokrovskoye Airstrip, Russia
Destination airport:Novopokrovskoye Airstrip, Russia
The Antonov 2 biplane was destroyed when it impacted terrain near Novopokrovskoye, Russia during an aerial application flight. Both occupants were killed.
The aircraft was contracted to carry out agricultural operations starting at the end of April 2016. A captain, co-pilot and technician were assigned to the aircaft. On June 20, 2016 the co-pilot left the crew without explanation of the reasons. This posed a problem for the captain, as agricultural flights may only be carried by two pilots. In violation of this, the captain started carrying out flights on his own. On June 29, an acquaintance of the pilot and a former AN-2 pilot, flew along. On June 29 and June 30 eyewitnesses noticed that both men were consuming alcoholic beverages between flights.
The accident happened on the fifth flight of the day. The aircraft impacted terrain during a turn. A fire developed, which consumed the aircraft.
It was established that turns were executed at bank angles of about 40°, which exceeded the allowed 30°. Furthermore, the flight was executed at altitudes of 20-40 m where the limit was 50 m.

Probable Cause:

The accident of the AN-2SX RA-33462 occured when operating on an agricultural flight, is most likely due to an error in piloting technique, expressed in an unintentional descent when performing a turn, resulting in the collision of the aircraft with the ground surface in a controlled flight.
Contributing factors:
- PIC's lack of flight training on agricultural flights without a co-pilot;
- performing a flight by the PIC with passenger as a co-pilot;
- the presence of alcohol in the body of the PIC and the passenger;
- the possible transfer of control of the aircraft to the passenger, a former pilot of the An-2;
- violation of the An-2 Airplane Flight Manual and FAP-128 height-keeping, roll on turns and speed when performing agricultural flights;
- the lack of controls on the part of the administrative board of Krasnokutske Flight School of Civil Aviation of flight operations on agricultural flights on operational points.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: MAK Russia
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 years
Accident number: Final report
Download report: Final report

Flightcrew member's alcohol, drug usage
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground


photo of Antonov-An-2SX-RA-33462
accident date: 30-06-2016
type: Antonov An-2SX
registration: RA-33462
photo of Antonov-An-2SX-RA-33462
accident date: 30-06-2016
type: Antonov An-2SX
registration: RA-33462
photo of Antonov-An-2SX-RA-33462
photo of Antonov-An-2SX-RA-33462

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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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