Date & Time: Jan 25, 1997 at 1238 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Charter/Taxi (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
Magadan – Tiksi – Chokurdakh – Magadan
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
On final approach, the crew encountered limited visibility due to snow falls but the pilot-in-command was able to maintain a visual contact with the approach light system. Nevertheless, he failed to realized he descended below the MDA when the aircraft struck the ground 178 metres short of runway threshold and 77 metres to the right of its extended centerline. On impact, the nose gear collapsed and the aircraft came to rest against meteo installations. All 17 occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
It was determined that the crew initiated the final approach prematurely after passing over the outer marker. Serious flight safety deficiencies were identified by the operator during the investigations.