Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-28 in Mezhdurechenskoye: 5 killed

Date & Time: Oct 4, 2017 at 0758 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
UP-A2807
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Almaty - Shymkent
MSN:
1AJ007-14
YOM:
1990
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Almaty Airport at 1835LT on an ambulance mission to Shymkent, carrying two doctors, two pilots and one flight mechanic. Twelve minutes later, the twin engine aircraft crashed in flames near the village of Mezhdurechenskoye located about 25 km northwest of Almaty Airport. The aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces and post crash fire and all five occupants were killed.

Crash of an Antonov AN-72 in Shymkent: 27 killed

Date & Time: Dec 25, 2012 at 1854 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
UP-72859
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Astana - Shymkent
MSN:
36576092859
YOM:
1990
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
20
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
27
Circumstances:
Aircraft was completing a flight on behalf of the Kazakh Border Guard Corp. While approaching Shymkent in low visibility due to the night and heavy snow falls, aircraft hit a mountain slope located 21 km from the airport and was destroyed by impact forces. All 27 occupants were killed, among them Tourganbek Stambekov, the chief of Kazakh Customs. It appears that the automatic pilot system failed shortly after take off from Astana but captain decided to continue the flight. Two minutes and forty seconds later, the radio altimeter failed as well and the crew continued the flight, referring to the barometric altimeter. But these suffered a momentary failure nineteen minutes later and several differences were observed with the altitude parameters. During the descent to Shymkent in poor weather conditions, the captain failed to set the correct pressure in the barometric altimeter so the parameter he was taking for reference was wrong. At the time of the accident, the aircraft was 385 meters too low and as a result, the Board concluded that the accident was the consequence of a controlled flight into terrain (CFIT).
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain (CFIT).

Crash of an Ilyushin II-76 in New Delhi: 37 killed

Date & Time: Nov 12, 1996 at 1840 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
UN-76435
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Chimkent-New Delhi
MSN:
10234 13428
YOM:
1992
Flight number:
KZA1907
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
27
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
37
Aircraft flight hours:
2643

Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-2 in Shymkent

Date & Time: Aug 6, 1974
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-01362
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
MSN:
1G45-11
YOM:
1964
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances in the region of Shymkent. There were no injuries but the aircraft was written off.
Probable cause:
Without any details, it was reported the accident was the consequence of a pilot error.

Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-2 near Shieli: 13 killed

Date & Time: Feb 6, 1973 at 1610 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-70737
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Kyzymshek – Shulakkurgan – Shymkent
MSN:
1G130-38
YOM:
1971
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
13
Circumstances:
The airplane was completing a flight from Kyzymshek to Shymkent with an intermediate stop in Shulakkurgan. Prior to leave Shulakkurgan, the crew was informed about the poor weather conditions en route and the captain request for another itinerary. He was cleared by ATC to take another route to the west but few minutes after takeoff, the crew encountered poor weather conditions and failed to return. While cruising in low clouds and rain showers, the single engine airplane struck the slope of a mountain at an altitude of 454 meters and located in the Karamuryn Mountain Range. As the airplane failed to arrive at destination, SAR operations were conducted and the burnt wreckage was found two days later about 35 km northeast of Shieli. All 13 occupants have been killed.
Probable cause:
The accident was the consequence of a controlled flight into terrain in below-minima weather conditions. The captain decided to conduct the flight in poor weather conditions and failed to return, violating all procedures in place. ATC cleared the crew to take another route to the west which was also irresponsible and the meteorologist published bulletins with inaccurate information as weather conditions were worse than predicted. Mismanagement of flight, poor organization of operations and poor decisions made by the various actors involved in the organization of the flight were considered as contributing factors.