Crash of an Antonov AN-24T in Svetlogorsk: 35 killed

Date & Time: May 16, 1972 at 1230 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
05
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Kaliningrad - Kaliningrad
MSN:
9 9 1 13 02
YOM:
1969
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
35
Circumstances:
The airplane was engaged in a weather survey mission over the Baltic sea and was carrying two passengers and a crew of six. While returning to his base at Kaliningrad-Khrabrovo Airport, the crew failed to set the altimeter properly, causing the aircraft to approach the land at an insufficient altitude. In low clouds, the pilot-in-command did not realize his altitude was too low when the airplane struck trees, lost height and crashed in flames 200 meters further onto a school. The airplane was totally destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire as well as the school building. All eight occupants on board the aircraft were killed as well as 27 people on the ground, 23 children and three adults. Two other children were seriously injured.
Probable cause:
Wrong altimeter setting caused the aircraft to fly at an insufficient altitude. Lack of visibility due to low clouds and poor ATC assistance was considered as contributing factors.

Crash of a Junkers F.13ce off Samland: 5 killed

Date & Time: Mar 29, 1935
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D-OHIL
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
723
YOM:
1924
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew (three student pilots and two instructors) was performing a training flight over Baltic Sea, working on new telecommunications techniques. In flight, the single engine aircraft crashed into the sea for unknown reasons. No trace of the aircraft nor the crew was ever found. The aircraft crashed few km off the Samland coast, Königsberg (now Kaliningrad oblast, Russia).