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Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-2 in Ekimchan: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 7, 2017 at 0825 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
RA-02305
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Ekimchan - Udskoye
MSN:
1G240-07
YOM:
1990
Flight number:
SHA9001
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Ekimchan Airport, the single engine aircraft struck trees and crashed in flames in a wooded and snow covered area located near few houses. One of the pilots was killed while the second occupant was injured. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire. According to preliminary report, the loss of control was caused by an engine failure during initial climb.

Crash of a Tupolev TU-95 in Ukrainka AFB: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jun 8, 2015 at 1700 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
RF-94181
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Ukrainka - Ukrainka
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
During the take off run, one of both left engines caught fire and exploded. The captain (Lt Col Sergei Gorshnev) attempted an emergency braking procedure but the aircraft went out of control, veered off runway and completed a 180 turn before coming to rest in flames. All seven crew members were injured, the captain seriously. The aircraft was partially destroyed by fire. Few hours later, at least one crew member died from his injuries. The aircraft had the dual registration RF-94181 and 05 red.

Crash of an Antonov AN-24 in Blagoveshchensk

Date & Time: Aug 8, 2011 at 1420 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
RA-46561
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Irkutsk - Chita - Blagoveshchensk - Khabarovsk
MSN:
67310609
YOM:
1976
Flight number:
IAE103
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
31
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
11555
Captain / Total hours on type:
6722.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
3268
Copilot / Total hours on type:
575
Aircraft flight hours:
12346
Aircraft flight cycles:
13767
Circumstances:
Approach was completed in poor weather conditions with low visibility, heavy rain falls, thunderstorm activity and cloud base at 500 feet. Despite he did not establish any visual contact with the runway or its light system, captain decided to continue the approach and passed the minimum decision height. Aircraft was not aligned with the runway centerline and aircraft hit tree tops 250 meters to the right of the centerline and 75 meters short of runway 36. Aircraft stalled and crashed, lost its undercarriage and its left wing before coming to rest. Twelve occupants were injured while the aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
The probable causes of the accident were the failure of the crew to go around and the descent well below decision height without visual reference to landmarks when the aircraft approached the airfield in weather conditions below the captain's, aircraft's and airfield's minima and in dangerous/adverse weather phenomena like thunderstorm, heavy rain and severe turbulence as well as the lack of appropriate response and required actions following terrain awareness warning system alerts resulted in a controlled flight into terrain, collision with obstacles and the destruction of the aircraft.
Contributing factors:
- the crew underestimated the weather conditions at the destination airport thus taking an erroneous decision to attempt an approach in thunderstorm and heavy rain showers,
- unsatisfactory meteorological support of the flight, the dispatcher and later air traffic control provided information about visibility, cloud and wind data that did not correspond to actual conditions that were significantly worse than minimums required,
- clearance for the approach by air traffic control despite the presence of dangerous weather phenomena (thunderstorm, heavy rain) at the aerodrome, which did not correspond to the standard operating procedures at Blagoveshchensk,
- inadequate staffing with a first officer who was performing his first flight after a prolonged leave without proper preparation and training,
- unsatisfactory crew interaction and the failure to adhere to standard operating procedures, especially the call outs of approaching decision height, the absence of a decision by the commander to continue the landing or go-around and the lack of action to recommend/initiate a go around by the first officer.
Final Report:

Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-2 in Ekimchan: 3 killed

Date & Time: Sep 4, 2005 at 1255 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
RF-00901
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Ekimchan - Udskoye - Chumikan
MSN:
1G171-22
YOM:
1976
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The aircraft was making a special flight from Ekimchan to Chumikan via Udskoye with two pilots, one passenger and a load of food. The aircraft crashed in the mount Bryus (1,767 metres high) located in the Selemja range, 19 km East of Ekimchan. Rescue teams found the debris of the aircraft and the three dead bodies only twelve days later, on 16SEP2005, at an altitude of 1,550 metres.

Crash of a Yakovlev Yak-40 in Zeya: 3 killed

Date & Time: Aug 29, 1981 at 2031 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-87346
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Irkoutsk-Tchita-Zeya-Blagovestchensk
MSN:
9 51 15 39
YOM:
1975
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
29
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3

Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-2 near Ekimchan: 1 killed

Date & Time: Aug 13, 1978 at 0942 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-55719
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Ekimchan - Baladek
MSN:
1G49-11
YOM:
1964
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Aircraft flight hours:
12141
Circumstances:
The single engine airplane was completing a flight from Ekimchan to Baladek, carrying one passenger, two pilots and five drums loaded with diesel for a total weight of one ton. Seven minutes and 10 seconds after takeoff from Ekimchan, while flying at an altitude of 720 meters, the engine lost power. The airplane lost height, entered a nose down attitude of 18° then struck a hill. Both pilots were injured and the passenger was killed. The airplane was destroyed by fire.
Probable cause:
The exact cause of the engine failure could not be determined with certainty. However, investigators believe that the fuel pump and a collector probably failed in flight.

Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-2R in Ekimchan

Date & Time: Dec 23, 1977
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-02708
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
MSN:
1G124-14
YOM:
1971
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances near Ekimchan. There were no casualties. It is reported that the total weight of the aircraft was above the MTOW at the time of the accident.

Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-2 near Ekimchan: 5 killed

Date & Time: Aug 18, 1971 at 1850 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-32318
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Zlatoustovsk – Ekimchan
MSN:
1G97-30
YOM:
1968
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Aircraft flight hours:
3218
Circumstances:
The single engine airplane departed Zlatoustovsk Airfield at 1840LT on its last leg back to Ekimchan, carrying three passengers and a crew of two. Ten minutes later, weather conditions worsened and while cruising at an altitude of 1,434 meters in cloud, the airplane struck the slope of a mountain located 22 km east of Ekimchan. The wreckage was found two days later, 94 meters below the summit and 10 km off course. The aircraft was destroyed and all five occupants have been killed.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the crew was the crew continued the flight under VFR mode in IMC conditions and failed to see the mountain while flying in clouds. Analysis revealed that the aircraft was off course by 10 kilometers at the time of the accident and that both pilots were intoxicated with an alcohol blood level of 2 ‰ for the captain and 1.34 ‰ for the copilot.