Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives
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Crash of an Antonov AN-12 in Vitebsk: 6 killed

Accident description

  • Jan 31, 1959
  • Takeoff (climb)
  • Training
  • Yes
  • Airport (less than 10 km from airport)
  • Vitebsk - Vitebsk
  • 8 9 002 02
  • 1958
  • Vitebsk, Vitebsk voblast
  • Belarus
  • Europe
  • 7
  • 6
  • 0
  • 0
  • 6
  • During the takeoff roll, both right engines number three and four failed. Simultaneously, the rudder went to a full left position when the crew attempted to rotate. The aircraft lifted off and then banked right, causing the right wing to struck the ground. Out of control, the aircraft crashed and eventually came to rest in flames, upside down, some 160 meters farther. Six crew members were killed while the gunner was slightly injured.
  • Failure of both right engines number three and four due to a short-circuit in a terminal strip. For unknown reason, the crew failed to feather the propeller on both right engines.