Accident Tupolev Tu-134A-3 RA-65691, Monday 20 June 2011
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Date:Monday 20 June 2011
Time:23:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic T134 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Tupolev Tu-134A-3
Owner/operator:RusLine
Registration: RA-65691
MSN: 63195
Year of manufacture:1980
Total airframe hrs:35591 hours
Cycles:20977 flights
Engine model:Soloviev D-30-III
Fatalities:Fatalities: 47 / Occupants: 52
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:1 km S of Petrozavodsk Airport (PES) -   Russia
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Moskva-Domodedovo Airport (DME/UUDD)
Destination airport:Petrozavodsk Airport (PES/ULPB)
Investigating agency: MAK
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
A Tupolev 134A-3, registered RA-65691, was destroyed in an accident near Petrozavodsk Airport (PES), Russia. Forty-seven occupants died in the accident; five survived.
RusAir Flight 9605 had departed Moscow-Domodedovo (DME) at 22:24 on a domestic service to Petrozavodsk. The flight was operated by RusAir on behalf of RusLine. Flight RLU-243 could not be operated by RusLine's Canadair Regional Jets because it lacked the seating capacity needed for the service between Domodedovo and Petrozavodsk.Therefor RusAir was chartered to operate the flight using a Tu-134.
The Tupolev struck trees and crash-landed on a highway while on final approach to runway 01. It broke up and came to rest about 390 metres to the right of the runway's extended centreline and 570 m short of the runway threshold.

CONCLUSION:
The airplane flew an approach in conditions worse than weather minimums for the airfield and the crew failed decide to go-around. Instead the airplane descended below the minimum safe altitude in the absence of visual contact with approaching lighting and landmarks, which led to contact with trees and the ground in controlled flight.
Contributing factors were:
- Poor interaction of the crew and poor crew resource management (CRM) from the commander of the flight during the approach. The pilot subordinated himself to the navigator causing the co-pilot to be effectively excluded from decisions.
- The use during the flight of a navigator in a light level of alcoholic intoxication
- Incorrect weather forecast with regards to height of the cloud base, visibility and severe weather - fog.
- The use of navigation equipment that used satellite navigation to determine the aircrafts position, which was in violation of the Flight Manual Supplement for the Tu-134.

METAR:

19:49 UTC / 23:49 local time:
ULPB 201949Z 10002MPS 2100 RA BR OVC004 15 Q0993 TEMPO 1500 RMK QBB120 QFE741/0988 SC0, 6 =
Wind 100 degrees at 2 m/sec (3.8 knots); 2100 m (6900 ft) visibility in rain and mist; Overcast sky at 400 feet; QNH (Sea-level pressure): 993 hPa; visibility is expected to decrease to 1500m temporarily; cloud base at 120 m

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: MAK
Report number: -
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

RIA Novosti
Ministry of Emergency Situations (MChS) of Russia

Statistics

  • 4th worst accident in 2011
  • 17th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 17th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

Location

Images:


photo (c) State Russian Emergencies Ministry in the Republic of Karelia; Petrozavodsk Airport (PES/ULPB); 21 June 2011


photo (c) State Russian Emergencies Ministry in the Republic of Karelia; Petrozavodsk Airport (PES/ULPB); 21 June 2011


photo (c) State Russian Emergencies Ministry in the Republic of Karelia; Petrozavodsk Airport (PES/ULPB); 21 June 2011


photo (c) State Russian Emergencies Ministry in the Republic of Karelia; Petrozavodsk Airport (PES/ULPB); 21 June 2011


photo (c) State Russian Emergencies Ministry in the Republic of Karelia; Petrozavodsk Airport (PES/ULPB); 21 June 2011


photo (c) Wolf Isengrim; Petrozavodsk Airport (PES/ULPB); 21 June 2011; (publicdomain)

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