Date & Time: Jan 4, 1965 at 0003 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Moscow – Omsk – Semipalatinsk – Almaty
189 0011 05
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Aircraft flight hours:
The crew started the approach to Almaty Airport by night in below minima weather conditions. Despite the situation, the pilot continued the approach and let the aircraft pass below the glide. Suddenly, the airplane struck trees, banked right to an angle of 15° the crashed in flames in a snow covered field located 75 meters short of runway threshold. The wreckage was found 600 meters to the right of the extended centerline and the aircraft was destroyed upon impact. Three crew members and 64 passengers were killed while 39 other occupants were injured.
The crew decided to continue the approach below minima weather conditions by night. The pilot-in-command failed to take the decision to go around. Poor ATC assistance was considered as a contributing factor.