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Last updated: 25 August 2019
Date:Saturday 1 September 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-8AS (WL)
Registration: VQ-BJI
C/n / msn: 29937/1238
First flight: 2002-10-30 (15 years 10 months)
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B26
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 166
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 172
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Adler/Sochi Airport (AER) (   Russia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO/UUWW), Russia
Destination airport:Adler/Sochi Airport (AER/URSS), Russia
UTAir flight 579, a Boeing 737-800, suffered a runway excursion accident after landing at Adler/Sochi Airport, Russia.
The aircraft departed Moscow's Vnukovo Airport at 00:32 hours local time on a domestic flight to Sochi.
Weather at Sochi was poor due to the presence of a thunderstorm in the area. The aircraft descended for an approach to runway 06. At 02:25 flight 579 did not turn onto runway heading but instead climbed to 7000 feet and repositioned for a new approach to runway 06.
This approach was aborted close to the runway threshold, at 02:45 hours local time and a go around was executed. The aircraft circled for another approach and touched down at 02:57. It was unable to stop on the remaining runway and overran. The aircraft crashed through a fence and came to rest on a dry and rocky surface in a river bed.
Eighteen passengers were injured. The aircraft sustained serious damage.
The airport shift supervisor, who was one of the first responders to the accident, died of a heart attack at the scene.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: MAK
Status: Investigation ongoing

Runway excursion

METAR Weather report:
00:00 UTC / 03:00 local time:
URSS 010000Z 23004MPS 5000 1800E R02/P3000N TSRA BKN006 OVC030CB 21/21 Q1014 WS ALL RWY R02/250350 R06/250350 NOSIG RMK R06/19004MPS QBB200 MT OBSC QFE759
Winds 230° at 8 kts; Visibility: 5 km; Broken clouds at 600 feet, overcast Cumulonimbus cloud deck at 3000 feet; Temperature and dewpoint 21°C; pressure 1014 mb

22:00 UTC / 01:00 local time:
URSS 312200Z 07004MPS 030V100 4900 1600NW R02/P3000N TSRA SCT013 OVC020CB 22/20 Q1014 WS ALL RWY R02/250350 R06/250350 NOSIG RMK R06/08008G13MPS MT OBSC QFE759

22:30 UTC / 01:30 local time:
URSS 312230Z 07009G16MPS 0400 0250E R06/0900U +TSRA VV013 22/18 Q1014 WS ALL RWY R06/250350 R02/250350 NOSIG RMK R02/04007G12MPS MT OBSC QFE759

23:00 UTC / 02:00 local time:
URSS 312300Z 08009G14MPS 9000 VCTS -SHRA FEW013 OVC033CB 22/19 Q1013 WS ALL RWY R06/220355 R02/250350 NOSIG RMK R02/08007G12MPS MT OBSC QFE759

23:30 UTC / 02:30 local time:
URSS 312330Z 10010G22MPS 030V140 0500 0250NW R02/1200U +TSRA VV013 19/19 Q1014 WS ALL RWY R02/250350 R06/250350 TEMPO VRB10G22MPS 0500 +TSRA


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accident date: 01-09-2018
type: Boeing 737-8AS (WL)
registration: VQ-BJI

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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
30 Oct. 2002 EI-CTB Boeing first flight
19 Nov. 2002 EI-CTB Ryanair delivered
14 March 2009 EI-CTB Ryanair stored at Châteauroux
13 May 2010 VQ-BDU Atlant-Soyuz Airlines
1 Nov. 2010 VQ-BDU Moscow Airlines
19 Jan. 2011 VQ-BDU Moscow Airlines stored at Sofia
7 Oct. 2011 VQ-BJI UTAir

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 Moskva-Vnukovo Airport to Adler/Sochi Airport as the crow flies is 1354 km (846 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from 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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