Crash of an Antonov AN-26B in Magadan

Date & Time: Jan 3, 2015 at 1119 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
RA-26082
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky – Magadan – Mirnyy – Nizhnevartovsk
MSN:
11 705
YOM:
27
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3783
Captain / Total hours on type:
2240.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
11986
Copilot / Total hours on type:
94
Aircraft flight hours:
13698
Aircraft flight cycles:
6810
Circumstances:
During the take off run, at a speed of 250 km/h, the crew initiated the rotation when the aircraft failed to lift off. The captain decided to abandon the take off and started an emergency braking. The aircraft veered off runway to the right, went through a snow covered terrain, lost its nose and right main gear before coming to rest 490 meters further, with the right wing bent. The aircraft was considered as damaged beyond repair while all eight occupants were unhurt.
Probable cause:
The accident occurred as result of the aircraft departing the side of the runway after the commander rejected takeoff after having been unable to use the elevator because of the yoke's locked position. The roll beyond the edge of the runway was likely caused by the flight engineer while attempting to operate the handle to release the flight controls lock while the aircraft was already accelerating for takeoff. The accident was thus caused by this combination of factors:
- violation of requirements by FCOM to ascertain the flight controls were free and usable before engine start,
- failure by the crew to execute the checklists to check elevator, rudder and ailerons were free to move before takeoff,
- flight crew receives insufficient practice in real flight to maintain skills acquired during simulator training in the management of the aircraft and its systems resulting in negative impact during emergency situations.
Final Report:

Crash of an Ilyushin II-76 in Mirnyy: 11 killed

Date & Time: Nov 1, 2009 at 0849 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
RF-76801
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Mirnyy-Irkoutsk
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
11
Circumstances:

The aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from runway 24 at Mirnyy airport. It climbed to a height of 20-30 metres, banked right and crashed in a huge ball of fire. All eleven occupants were killed.

Crash of an Antonov AN-74 in Mirnyy

Date & Time: Dec 10, 1996 at 2357 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
RA-74037
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Mirniy-Irkoutsk
MSN:
36547098950
YOM:
1995
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
9
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Aircraft flight hours:
369
Aircraft flight cycles:
176

Crash of an Ilyushin II-14 in Mirnyy

Date & Time: Sep 12, 1990 at 0853 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-41803
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Mirny-Mirny
MSN:
1460 009 38
YOM:
1957
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Aircraft flight hours:
32985
Aircraft flight cycles:
13353

Crash of an Ilyushin II-14M in Antarctica: 6 killed

Date & Time: Feb 17, 1986 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-41816
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Molodyozhnaya - Mirny
MSN:
1470 016 03
YOM:
1957
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Aircraft flight hours:
32094
Aircraft flight cycles:
18078
Circumstances:
On a positioning flight from Ice Station Molodyozhnaya to Ice Station Mirny (distance 2,020 km) when unexpectedly strong headwind (140 km/h) and severe icing caused the aircraft to run out of fuel after more than 10 hours. Crew attempted an emergency landing on the Filippi glacier 240 km west of Ice Station Mirny (at S66.833 E88.00) in white-out conditions, but the aircraft crashed into the surface of the glacier and was completely destroyed. All 5 crew and the sole passenger (an aircraft mechanic) were killed. Wreck found some days later.
Probable cause:
Fuel exhaustion due to strong head wind.

Crash of an Antonov AN-10 in Mirny

Date & Time: Oct 12, 1969
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-11169
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Irkutsk - Mirny
MSN:
9 4 015 01
YOM:
1959
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Upon landing on a snow covered runway at Mirny Airport, the airplane went out of control, veered off runway and collided with a trench. There were no injuries among the occupant but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. The thickness of the snow was 1-2 cm and the crew was not aware of the presence of trench by the runway.

Crash of an Antonov AN-12TB in Mirny

Date & Time: Jun 25, 1969
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-11380
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
4 026 10
YOM:
1964
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On touchdown at Mirny Airport, the right main gear collapsed. The airplane went out of control, veered off runway to the right and came to rest. All six crew members escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged repair.

Crash of an Antonov AN-12 in Lensk: 6 killed

Date & Time: Nov 2, 1968 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-11349
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Ust-Kut - Mirny
MSN:
4 018 05
YOM:
1964
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Ust-Kut Airport on a cargo flight to Mirny, carrying a load of 18 tons of cement. Few minutes after takeoff, the crew was informed that a landing at Mirny Airport was impossible due to technical problems and the captain decided, without referring to his operations, to divert to Lensk Airport where the weather conditions were considered as poor. At that time, the sky was overcast with clouds down to 600 meters, an horizontal visibility of 2,500 meters with rain and snow. The flight was continued at an altitude of 8,000 meters then the crew was cleared to descent to 3,000 meters and to start the approach to Lensk. On final, the pilot-in-command failed to realize his altitude was insufficient when the airplane struck tall trees (20 meters high) in a flat attitude, continued the descent and crashed 420 meters further in a wooded area. The wreckage was found 15,6 km short of runway threshold. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all six crew members were killed.
Probable cause:
The accident was the consequence of a premature descent and a controlled flight into terrain for undetermined reason. Nevertheless, the assumption that an engine may have failed on approach was not ruled out. At the time of the accident, Lensk Airport was not equipped with an ILS system or any kind of ground guidance assistance system.

Crash of an Antonov AN-10A in Mirnyy

Date & Time: Aug 8, 1968
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-11172
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Irkutsk – Mirny
MSN:
9 4 016 02
YOM:
1959
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On final approach to Mirny Airport, the crew lowered the undercarriage when the left main gear detached and fell away. The captain decided to attempt an emergency landing in a wasteland. After touchdown, the aircraft banked left, causing the left wing tip to struck the ground and to be torn off, as well as a part of the engine number one. The aircraft slid for several yards before coming to rest. While all occupants escaped uninjured, the aircraft was written off.
Probable cause:
It was determined that a day prior to the accident, another crew who performed a flight from Yakutsk to Irkutsk failed to report a hard landing at Irkutsk Airport. Investigations revealed that the structure of the left main gear was damaged following this hard landing.