Accident Ilyushin Il-18D RA-74295, Wednesday 25 October 2000
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Date:Wednesday 25 October 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Ilyushin Il-18D
Owner/operator:Russian Air Force
Registration: RA-74295
MSN: 187010602
Year of manufacture:1968
Total airframe hrs:15256 hours
Cycles:7694 flights
Engine model:Ivchenko AI-20M
Fatalities:Fatalities: 84 / Occupants: 84
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:18 km E of Batumi-Chorokh Airport (BUS) -   Georgia
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Chkalovsky Airport (CKL/UUMU)
Destination airport:Batumi-Chorokh Airport (BUS/UGSB)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Due to bad weather (low clouds, rain) the crew attempted to land from the north-east (usually planes landing at Batumi approach from the seaside, i.e. from the west). When descending from 3000 m, the plane struck Mtirala mountain at the 1336 m level.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A considerable departure of the plane from the assigned trajectory of descent and a landing approach to Batumi airport. This has caused the plane to lower to the altitude below permissible and fly into a mountain. Four factors continued to the accident: First, a navigation error made by the crew in the final stage of landing approach: second, a mistake made by Batumi air traffic controller who failed to locate the plane and conform it to the crew; third, the air traffic controller and the crew have lost control of the actual position of the plane and failed to cut short a landing approach and fly to a reserve airport. The fourth factor was" erroneous data shown by ground radio-technical facilities at Batumi airport."


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