Date & Time: Nov 21, 1972
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Moscow - Amderma - Khatanga - Magadan
4 028 05
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
En route from Moscow-Domodedovo to Amderma, the crew was informed about the deterioration of the weather conditions in Amderma and was cleared to divert to Vorkuta Airport. While on a night approach with a visibility limited to 850 meters, the captain was unable to locate the runway and decided to initiate a go-around when the airplane struck the ground, lost its undercarriage and crashed into a ravine located about 140 meters short of runway threshold. All eight occupants were evacuated while the aircraft was destroyed.
The crew decided to continue the approach in below-minima weather conditions and the decision of the captain to attempt a go-around was taken too late.