Crash of an Ilyushin II-14T in Uralsk

Date & Time: Jan 10, 1985 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-06142
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
1480 018 43
YOM:
1958
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Aircraft flight hours:
11007
Circumstances:
Had to divert to Uralsk (Kazakhstan) for unknown reasons. Deviated from the glide path on approach at night in difficult weather conditions. Failed to go around and hit the ground 1,340 metres short of runway threshold. While the aircraft was damaged beyond repair, all six occupants were injured.

Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-2 in Natalin Yar: 5 killed

Date & Time: Mar 25, 1977 at 1459 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-32112
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Urgench – Uralsk – Penza – Myashkovo
MSN:
1G93-18
YOM:
1968
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Aircraft flight hours:
5950
Aircraft flight cycles:
19234
Circumstances:
A group of seven PZL-Mielec AN-2 must be transferred from Urgench, Uzbekistan, to Myashkovo, with intermediate stops in Uralsk and Penza, carrying mechanics and crew members. En route from Uralsk to Penza, while cruising at an altitude of 500 meters, both aircraft registered CCCP-28938 and CCCP-32112 entered a cloudy area with light rain. They collided then entered a dive and crashed in flames 350 meters further, 25 meters from each other. Both aircraft were totally destroyed and all 10 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Poor flight preparation and planning as all crew and the people in charge of the mission failed to analyze weather conditions en route. The collision occurred while both crew were flying under VFR mode in adverse weather conditions.

Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-2 in Natalin Yar: 5 killed

Date & Time: Mar 25, 1977 at 1459 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-28938
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Urgench – Uralsk – Penza – Myashkovo
MSN:
1G08-23
YOM:
1961
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Aircraft flight hours:
10058
Aircraft flight cycles:
27097
Circumstances:
A group of seven PZL-Mielec AN-2 must be transferred from Urgench, Uzbekistan, to Myashkovo, with intermediate stops in Uralsk and Penza, carrying mechanics and crew members. En route from Uralsk to Penza, while cruising at an altitude of 500 meters, both aircraft registered CCCP-28938 and CCCP-32112 entered a cloudy area with light rain. They collided then entered a dive and crashed in flames 350 meters further, 25 meters from each other. Both aircraft were totally destroyed and all 10 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Poor flight preparation and planning as all crew and the people in charge of the mission failed to analyze weather conditions en route. The collision occurred while both crew were flying under VFR mode in adverse weather conditions.

Crash of an Ilyushin II-12 in Uralsk

Date & Time: Dec 24, 1958
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-L1458
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Moscow – Uralsk – Aktyubinsk
MSN:
83 025 25
YOM:
1948
Flight number:
SU069
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll at Uralsk Airport, the captain decided to activate the afterburner without informing the rest of the crew. The takeoff roll was longer than expected and he completed the rotation after a run of 750 meters. After takeoff, while climbing to a height of 2-3 meters at a speed of 160 km/h, the captain prematurely ordered the retraction of the landing gear. In a certain confusion, the board mechanic shut down both engines instead of retracting the gears. The aircraft flew for about 605 meters then descended to the ground, rolled for 211 meters and struck a railway embankment and telephone pole. On impact, the airplane lost its undercarriage and slid for several yards before coming to rest. While all five crew members were injured, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Poor flight preparation on part of the flying crew and lack of crew resources management and coordination. The captain took the decision to activate the afterburner system without any announcement to the rest of the crew and during the takeoff roll and not prior to takeoff which is against the published procedures. This caused a certain confusion in the cockpit.

Crash of an Ilyushin II-14P in Konstantinovski: 27 killed

Date & Time: Sep 7, 1958 at 0318 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-L1692
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Frunze – Aktyubinsk – Uralsk – Moscow
MSN:
7 34 23 04
YOM:
18
Flight number:
SU164
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
22
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
27
Aircraft flight hours:
2564
Circumstances:
Enroute from Aktyubinsk to Uralsk, while cruising at an altitude of 1,500 meters in marginal weather conditions, the aircraft was hit by lightning. The crew lost control of the aircraft which dove into the ground and crashed in a field located 4 km southeast of Konstantinovski, in the region of Aktyubinsk. The wreckage was found few hours later and all 27 occupants have been killed.
Probable cause:
The aircraft was struck by a lightning in-flight. Discharge went through the port control cables of the left aileron located on the left wing, behind the rear spar of the center wing between the 4th and 5th section. As a result, the crew was paralyzed or in a state of shock and the control of the airplane was lost instantly. The following factors were reported:
- Presence of thunderstorm activity,
- Overheating and rupture of the control cables on the left aileron due to the exposure to high temperatures,
- The crew was unable to send any distress call,
- The dive was quick, uncontrollable and at an excessive speed,
- The crew was unable to attempt an emergency landing in night conditions,
- Employees at the meteorological station in Aktyubinsk did not indicate any thunderstorm in the weather forecast,
- The observer at the weather station of Novoalekseevka noted the presence of a thunderstorm but failed to report it to the Aktyubinsk weather station, violating the published procedures.