Date & Time: Jan 13, 1990 at 1256 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Sverdlovsk – Tyumen – Ufa – Volgograd
2 35 17 03
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En route from Tyumen to Ufa, while cruising at an altitude of 10,600 meters, the fire warning light came on, indicating smoke in the rear cargo compartment. The presence of smoke on board was confirmed but the crew was unable to identify the source of fire. The crew was cleared to initiate an emergency descent and to divert to Pervouralsk Airport. On final approach, the situation deteriorated on board and as the captain realized he could not reach the airport, he attempted an emergency landing in a snow covered area. Upon landing, the aircraft bounced twice, struck an irrigation equipment, went out of control and crashed 3 km from the Pervouralsk Airport. Four crew members and 23 passengers were killed while all other occupants were rescued.
A short-circuit occured in an electrical installation located in the rear compartment of the aircraft, due to the overheating of a cable with faulty isolation.