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Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-2 in Ekimchan: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 7, 2017 at 0825 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
RA-02305
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Ekimchan - Udskoye
MSN:
1G240-07
YOM:
1990
Flight number:
SHA9001
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Ekimchan Airport, the single engine aircraft struck trees and crashed in flames in a wooded and snow covered area located near few houses. One of the pilots was killed while the second occupant was injured. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire. According to preliminary report, the loss of control was caused by an engine failure during initial climb.

Crash of a Tupolev TU-95 in Ukrainka AFB: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jun 8, 2015 at 1700 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
RF-94181
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Ukrainka - Ukrainka
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
During the take off run, one of both left engines caught fire and exploded. The captain (Lt Col Sergei Gorshnev) attempted an emergency braking procedure but the aircraft went out of control, veered off runway and completed a 180 turn before coming to rest in flames. All seven crew members were injured, the captain seriously. The aircraft was partially destroyed by fire. Few hours later, at least one crew member died from his injuries. The aircraft had the dual registration RF-94181 and 05 red.

Crash of an Antonov AN-24 in Blagoveshchensk

Date & Time: Aug 8, 2011 at 1420 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
RA-46561
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Irkutsk - Chita - Blagoveshchensk - Khabarovsk
MSN:
67310609
YOM:
1976
Flight number:
IAE103
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
31
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
11555
Captain / Total hours on type:
6722.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
3268
Copilot / Total hours on type:
575
Aircraft flight hours:
12346
Aircraft flight cycles:
13767
Circumstances:
Approach was completed in poor weather conditions with low visibility, heavy rain falls, thunderstorm activity and cloud base at 500 feet. Despite he did not establish any visual contact with the runway or its light system, captain decided to continue the approach and passed the minimum decision height. Aircraft was not aligned with the runway centerline and aircraft hit tree tops 250 meters to the right of the centerline and 75 meters short of runway 36. Aircraft stalled and crashed, lost its undercarriage and its left wing before coming to rest. Twelve occupants were injured while the aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
The probable causes of the accident were the failure of the crew to go around and the descent well below decision height without visual reference to landmarks when the aircraft approached the airfield in weather conditions below the captain's, aircraft's and airfield's minima and in dangerous/adverse weather phenomena like thunderstorm, heavy rain and severe turbulence as well as the lack of appropriate response and required actions following terrain awareness warning system alerts resulted in a controlled flight into terrain, collision with obstacles and the destruction of the aircraft.
Contributing factors:
- the crew underestimated the weather conditions at the destination airport thus taking an erroneous decision to attempt an approach in thunderstorm and heavy rain showers,
- unsatisfactory meteorological support of the flight, the dispatcher and later air traffic control provided information about visibility, cloud and wind data that did not correspond to actual conditions that were significantly worse than minimums required,
- clearance for the approach by air traffic control despite the presence of dangerous weather phenomena (thunderstorm, heavy rain) at the aerodrome, which did not correspond to the standard operating procedures at Blagoveshchensk,
- inadequate staffing with a first officer who was performing his first flight after a prolonged leave without proper preparation and training,
- unsatisfactory crew interaction and the failure to adhere to standard operating procedures, especially the call outs of approaching decision height, the absence of a decision by the commander to continue the landing or go-around and the lack of action to recommend/initiate a go around by the first officer.
Final Report:

Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-2R near Ekimchan: 3 killed

Date & Time: Sep 4, 2005 at 1255 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
RF-00901
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Ekimchan - Udskoye - Chumikan
MSN:
1G171-22
YOM:
1976
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Ekimchan on a flight to Chumikan with an intermediate stop in Udskoye, carrying two pilots, one passenger and a load of food. Eight minutes after takeoff, while flying in poor weather conditions, the single engine aircraft struck the slope of Mt Bryus (1,767 metres high) located in the Selemja Mountain Range, some 19 km east of Ekimchan. The wreckage was found 12 days later, at an altitude of 1,560 metres. All three occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain after the crew decided to continue the flight under VFR mode in IMC conditions. It is possible that the crew lost his sense of orientation shortly after takeoff.

Crash of an Antonov AN-2 in Tambovka

Date & Time: Nov 5, 2003
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
FLARF-00887
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following technical problems, the crew was forced to attempt an emergency landing. The aircraft crash landed and came to rest, bursting into flames. There were no casualties.

Crash of a Let L-410UVP in Blagoveshchensk

Date & Time: Jun 14, 1994
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
RA-67470
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
84 12 35
YOM:
1984
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While taxiing at Blagoveshchensk-Ignatyevo Airport, the pilot was forced to make an evasive maneuver to avoid a collision with a bus. Doing so, the nose gear collided with a drainage ditch (25 cm deep) located on the left side of the taxiway. On impact, the nose gear collapsed and the aircraft came to rest. All 14 occupants evacuated safely and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-2R off Ekimchan

Date & Time: Sep 18, 1992
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-40670
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
1G214-28
YOM:
1985
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Aircraft flight hours:
3929
Circumstances:
On approach to Ekimchan Airport, the engine caught fire and failed. The aircraft lost height, crashed in the Selemdja River and sank. Both pilots were injured.
Probable cause:
Engine fire on approach for unknown reasons.

Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-2 in Mayrskiy

Date & Time: Jul 1, 1982
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-16008
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Svobodny – Mayskiy – Oktyabrsky
MSN:
1G162-58
YOM:
1975
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After takeoff from Mayskiy Airfield, while climb to a height of about 35-40 meters, the engine started to misfire and black smoke came out from the exhaust pipe. The crew attempted an emergency landing in an open field and the aircraft came to rest, bursting into flames. All 12 occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire.
Probable cause:
Engine failure for unknown reasons.

Crash of a Yakovlev Yak-40 in Zeya: 3 killed

Date & Time: Aug 29, 1981 at 2031 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-87346
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Irkutsk - Chita - Zeya - Blagoveshchensk
MSN:
9 51 15 39
YOM:
1975
Flight number:
SU674
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
29
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The three engine airplane was completing flight SU674 from Irkutsk to Blagoveshchensk with intermediate stops in Chita and Zeya. While approaching Zeya Airport, the crew encountered marginal weather conditions with limited visibility (less than 2 km). On final, the GPWS warning sounded in the cockpit while the aircraft was descending below the minimum descent altitude. The pilot-in-command decided to continue the approach when the airplane struck trees and crashed in a wooded area located 350 meters short of runway threshold and 125 meters to the right of the extended centerline, bursting into flames. Two crew members and one passengers were killed while 26 other occupants were injured. Five passengers escaped uninjured.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the crew decided to continue the approach after passing the minimum descent altitude in below minimum visibility conditions. The crew failed to respond to the GPWS warning sound and to initiate a go-around despite the fact they did not establish a visual contact with the ground and runway. It was reported that weather conditions were worse than forecast in the bulletin transmitted to the crew and there were local patches of fog in the last segment of the approach path which was considered as contributing factors.

Crash of a Tupolev TU-16K near Zavitinsk: 6 killed

Date & Time: Aug 24, 1981 at 1521 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-07514
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Zavitinsk - Zavitinsk
MSN:
6203106
YOM:
1974
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
Two Tupolev TU-16K of the Soviet Air Force departed Zavitinsk Air Base on a weather reconnaissance mission. Registered CCCP-07034 and CCCP-07514, both military airplanes were carrying a crew of six. While cruising at an altitude of 5,220 meters in good weather conditions, the TU-16 registered CCCP-07514 collided with an Aeroflot Antonov AN-24. Registered CCCP-46653, the AN-24 was completing flight SU811 from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to Blagoveshchensk with an intermediate stop in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, carrying 27 passengers and five crew members. It departed Komsomolsk-on-Amur Airport at 1456LT for the second leg of the trip and was cleared to climb to 5'200 meters. Both aircraft entered an uncontrolled descent and crashed in an uninhabited area located about 70 km east of Zavitinsk. Both aircraft were totally destroyed. All six crew members of the TU-16 were killed as well as 31 occupants on board the AN-24. Three days after the accident, a man aged 20 who was seating in the AN-24 was found slightly injured in the taiga.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the collision was the consequence of a poor organization and management of flights in the area of the Zavitinsk and the non-compliance of the published procedures. The collision was made possible by a lack of interaction, coordination and communication between the civilian and military air controllers.