Date & Time: Dec 26, 1941 at 1126 LT
Type of aircraft:
Tupolev ANT-6 (TB-3 & G-2)
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Almaty – Karaganda – Aktyubinsk – Kuybyshev – Kazan
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Aircraft flight hours:
The crew left Almaty Airport at 1110LT on a flight to Kazan with high-ranking party and state officials of the Kazakh government on board. At the time of departure, weather conditions were poor with low clouds, turbulences, fog and severe icing. About sixteen minutes later, the captain decided to return to Almaty Airport and while completing a steep turn to the left at an altitude of 100-150 meters, the aircraft lost height and crashed in flames in a field located 6 km northwest of Dmitriyevka (now Baiserke). Five crew members and 21 passengers were killed while eight other occupants were seriously injured.
The crew decided to takeoff in below-minima weather conditions with low clouds, fog, turbulences and severe icing.