Accident Antonov An-12BP RA-12957, Monday 26 May 2008
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Date:Monday 26 May 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Antonov An-12BP
Owner/operator:Moskovia Airlines
Registration: RA-12957
MSN: 88345508
Year of manufacture:1968
Total airframe hrs:42817 hours
Cycles:14828 flights
Engine model:Ivchenko AI-20M
Fatalities:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:11 km W of Chelyabinsk Airport (CEK) -   Russia
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Chelyabinsk Airport (CEK/USCC)
Destination airport:Perm Airport (PEE/USPP)
Investigating agency: MAK
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The An-12 had delivered cargo at Chelyabinsk (CEK) and was heading back to Perm (PEE). The airplane took off from runway 09 at 14:03 UTC. About a minute after takeoff the crew reported smoke in the cockpit. They requested permission to return for landing on runway 09. While positioning for an approach to runway 09 smoke continued to fill the flight deck. The crew also received several (false) warnings. Then two engines automatically shut down. Aileron control was lost about 11 km before landing. The aircraft struck terrain and burned.

CONCLUSION (translation from Russian)
The aviation accident involving An-12 RA-12957 was the result of a collision with the ground, which was the result of loss of aircraft roll controllability due to the destruction ailerons control cables while carrying out an emergency approach to the airport of departure Chelyabinsk because of the haze cargo cabin.
The destruction of aileron wiring occurred, presumably, in the area of the 23-25 web frames of the cargo hold. The reason for the destruction of the wiring installation has most likely been a significant heating of a control rod located in this zone, made of alloy D16-T, and its subsequent break under tension-load operation.
Heating of the control rod could be a consequence of fire of the aircraft's electricity network, in immediate proximity from the control rod. This led to smoke in the cargo hold, unexpected triggering of alarm systems, aircraft equipment failures, and the auto-shutdown of two engines.
Electrical bunch-conductors, distributors, blocks and aggregates of the aeronautical equipment, located in the 15-25 frames zone (ceiling of the cargo compartment) came under intense attack by fire, resulting in a collision collision with the ground, as a result of which it was impossible to accurately determine the primary origin and reason of the fire.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: MAK
Report number: final report
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report


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MAK Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC)


  • 32nd worst accident in 2008
  • 54th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 46th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Sharjah Airport (SHJ/OMSJ); March 2005

photo (c) RampWarrior - Skyarts Aviation Photography; Budapest-Ferihegy Airport (BUD/LHBP); 04 April 2008

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