Date & Time: Jun 10, 2012 at 1040 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Borodyanka - Borodyanka
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Owned by Skaidens, aircraft was carrying 18 skydivers and a crew of two. It left Borodyanka Airport in the morning on behalf of the Ukrainska Shkola Pilotov (Ukrainian Pilots' School). After take off, crew realized that weather was becoming bad as a thunderstorm was approaching the airport. Crew decided to cancel the mission and to return to the airport. On final approach, aircraft encountered downdrafts and crashed some 900 meters short of runway. The aircraft was destroyed and a pilot and four skydivers were killed. All other occupants were injured, some of them seriously.
Caught in a strong downstream on final approach with the maximum landing weight exceeded, which was considered as a contributory factor. Considering the weather conditions, crew should postpone the mission.