Loss of control Accident Yakovlev Yak-40 4K-87504, Thursday 15 May 1997
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Date:Thursday 15 May 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Yakovlev Yak-40
Owner/operator:Azerbaijan Airlines
Registration: 4K-87504
MSN: 9510640
Year of manufacture:1975
Engine model:Ivchenko AI-25
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:5,2 km from Gyandzha Airport (KVD) -   Azerbaijan
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Gyandzha Airport (KVD/UBBG)
Destination airport:Gyandzha Airport (KVD/UBBG)
A number of Azerbaijani soldiers were returning to camp after a small arms practice and had begun shooting at a road sign. At the same time a Yakovlev 40 was returning from a training flight and overflew the area. A number of stray bullets struck the Yak and hit an oxygen cylinder. A fire broke out and control was lost. The aircraft crashed 5160 m short of the runway, 95 m left of the extended centerline.


Soviet Transports
Black Sea Press
Tommy Maurer


  • 61st worst accident in 1997
  • 33rd worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 29th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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