Date & Time: Aug 10, 1959 at 1940 LT
Type of aircraft:
Survey / Patrol / Reconnaissance
Nizhniye Kresty – Pevek
184 399 09
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
On a flight from Nizhniye Kresty (now Cherski) to Pevek on a survey flight of the icy continent, the copilot decided to cut the route short when the captain was in the passenger cabin and overflew Cape Shelagski (469 meters). On approach to the cape, the aircraft was caught by strong downdraft and eventually struck the hill with the lower fuselage, was thrown up into the air again and eventually crashed into a large boulder and caught fire. Three crew members were rescued while seven others occupants were killed.
Wrong decision on part of the copilot who decided to modify the route without referring to the captain and against all published procedures.