Crash of an Antonov AN-26 in Balashov: 1 killed

Date & Time: May 30, 2017 at 0640 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
RF-36160
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Balashov - Balashov
MSN:
8001
YOM:
12
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a local training mission at Balashov Airfield, in the region of Saratov. On final approach, the airplane went out of control and crashed in flames in a field located 150 meters short of runway threshold. A crew member was killed while five others were injured. The aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire. It was reported by local military authorities that the accident may have been caused by an engine failure. The airplane had the dual registration RF-36160 and 79 red.
Crew:
Cpt Y. Tereshin,
Maj S. Rodionov,
Ens Frolov,
P. Halaimov,
I. Makhmoudov,
M. Artemiev. †

Crash of a GVF PS-84 in Balashov: 6 killed

Date & Time: Aug 8, 1943 at 1430 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-L3982
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Balashov – Kursk
MSN:
184 19 10
YOM:
9
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Aircraft flight hours:
1770
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a cargo flight from Balashov to Kursk, carrying a load of three M-105 engines. Shortly after takeoff, while climbing to a height of 50 meters, the aircraft stalled. It descended to a height of 10 meters, climbed again to about 30 meters then stalled and crashed in flames in an open field located 7 km from the airport. The aircraft was destroyed and all six crew members were killed.
Probable cause:
It was determined that one of the M-105 engine was inadequately restrained. After liftoff, the secure system broke off, causing the engine to brake through the cabin floor, trapping the elevator cable. In such conditions, the crew was unable to maintain a safe control of the aircraft that stalled and crashed. Incorrect restraining methods on part of the ground personnel and the failure of the crew to supervise the loading and the installation of the M-105 engines on board were considered as contributory factors.