Accident Yakovlev Yak-40 EZ-88235, Wednesday 13 May 1992
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Date:Wednesday 13 May 1992
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Yakovlev Yak-40
Owner/operator:Lebap Aircompany
Registration: EZ-88235
MSN: 9640451
Year of manufacture:1976
Engine model:Ivchenko AI-25
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 40
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Chardzhou Airport (CRZ) -   Turkmenistan
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Ashgabat Airport (ASB/UTAA)
Destination airport:Chardzhou Airport (CRZ/UTAV)
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
The Yak-40 departed Ashgabat, Turkmenistan at 18:57 MSK on a domestic flight to Chardzhou Airport. Weather at Chardzhou was reported to the flight crew as being: wind 280° 8 m/s with gusts of 12 m/s, visibility more than 7000 m, thunderstorm with rain.
Weather deteriorated as the aircraft was descending towards the airport. At 20:00 hours wind had shifted to 320° and visibility had decreased to 5000 meters. The crew were not informed of these changes. During the final approach the aircraft deviated from the glide path (45-55 m too high), forcing the crew to carry out a missed approach.
The aircraft circled the airport in a non-standard way due to the presence of a thunderstorm cell in the northern part of the airport.
The second approach was conducted visually in a thunderstorm with torrential rain. The aircraft deviated laterally from the intended approach path and descent was continued while the crew was trying to locate the runway.
The aircraft collided with a mast at a height of 12 m at a distance of 340 m after the end of the runway and 250 meters to the right of the runway axis.
The aircraft impacted the ground and caught fire.


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