Accident Tupolev Tu-134A CCCP-65951, Saturday 13 January 1990
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Date:Saturday 13 January 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic T134 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Tupolev Tu-134A
Owner/operator:Aeroflot, North Kavkaz Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-65951
MSN: 2351703
Year of manufacture:1972
Total airframe hrs:30755 hours
Cycles:18102 flights
Fatalities:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 71
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:3 km E of Pervouralsk -   Russia
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Tyumen Airport (TJM/USTR)
Destination airport:Ufa Airport (UFA/UWUU)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The "smoke in the rear cargo hold" warning activated during cruise at 10,600 m. The presence of smoke was confirmed but the source of fire could not be identified. Then the APU fire warning activated. The crew initiated an emergency descent to land at an intermediate airport. During descent the fire warning in both powerplants activated, the DC electrical system went dead, the attitude indicators, the compass system and the flap extension system shut off and the electromechanical altimeters stopped working. The crew force landed in a snow-covered field 3 km from Pervouralsk. The aircraft collided with irrigation equipment and broke up.

PROBABLE CAUSE: The in-flight fire that spread in the underfloor area of the rear cargo hold was probably due to a short circuit in the electrical wiring.


Soviet Transports
ICAO Adrep Summary 3/91 (#30)


  • 13th worst accident in 1990
  • 21st worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 16th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) Werner Fischdick; Brussel-Zaventem Airport (BRU); 21 May 1975

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