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Last updated: 19 October 2021
Date:Tuesday 3 October 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN28 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-28
Operator:East Wing
Registration: UP-A2807
MSN: 1AJ007-14
First flight: 1990
Total airframe hrs:3631
Engines: 2 Glushenkov TVD-10B
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:28 km (17.5 mls) WNW of Almaty Airport (ALA) (   Kazakhstan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Almaty Airport (ALA/UAAA), Kazakhstan
Destination airport:Shymkent Airport (CIT/UAII), Kazakhstan
An Antonov An-28 operated by East Wing was destroyed when it impacted terrain during an ambulance flight in Kazakhstan.
The aircraft took off from Almaty at 18:35 hours local time with destination Shymkent, Kazakhstan. It impacted terrain and caught fire 12 minutes later, near the village of Mezhdurechenskoye. All five on board suffered fatal injuries.

Probable Cause:

The probable cause of the accident was the shutdown of engine no. 2 and then engine no. 1 (possibly due to a faulty shutdown).
In the course of the subsequent emergency descent due to complete loss of power of the engines with no radio communication with air traffic controllers, as well as possibly due to the resulting confusion and nervousness, the crew unintentionally forgot to switch the pressure value on the mechanical barometric altimeter of the aircraft to the pressure on the landing airfield (704 mm Hg), leaving the pressure value of 760 mm Hg, which led to incorrect readings of true altitude of the flight.
Subsequently, the crew was able to start the engines and attempt to make a forced landing at a distance of 28 km from the airfield of Almaty at night in poor weather conditions in an unlit area.
Incorrect readings on the barometric altimeter of the true flight altitude (the radio altimeter showed 750 m) resulted in the aircraft colliding with a power line, causing a fire, as well as colliding with the ground, as a result of which the aircraft structure completely collapsed and burned down.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 8 months
Accident number: final report
Download report: Final report

Emergency landing

» Kazakhstan Committee of Civil Aviation

METAR Weather report:
10:00 UTC / 16:00 local time:
UAAA 031000Z 01003MPS 9999 SCT050CB BKN100 19/04 Q1013 R23R/CLRD65 NOSIG

11:00 UTC / 17:00 local time:
UAAA 031100Z 03003MPS 9999 SCT050CB BKN100 18/04 Q1013 R05L/CLRD65 NOSIG

12:00 UTC / 18:99 local time:
UAAA 031200Z 35006MPS 9999 SCT050CB BKN100 15/08 Q1015 R05L/CLRD65 NOSIG

13:00 UTC / 19:00 local time:
UAAA 031300Z VRB01MPS 9999 BKN033CB OVC100 14/06 Q1016 R05L/CLRD65 NOSIG


photo of Antonov-An-28-UP-A2807
accident date: 03-10-2017
type: Antonov An-28
registration: UP-A2807

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 Almaty Airport to Shymkent Airport as the crow flies is 621 km (388 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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