Accident Yakovlev Yak-40 CCCP-87738, Wednesday 30 March 1977
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Date:Wednesday 30 March 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Yakovlev Yak-40
Owner/operator:Aeroflot / Ukraine
Registration: CCCP-87738
MSN: 9010310
Year of manufacture:1970
Total airframe hrs:5894 hours
Cycles:6777 flights
Engine model:Ivchenko AI-25
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 28
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:1,5 km from Zhdanov Airport (MPW) -   Ukraine
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Dnepropetrovsk Airport (DNK/UKDD)
Destination airport:Zhdanov Airport (MPW/UKCM)
The crew continued their visual approach even after entering an area of fog with visibility less than 500 m and losing sight of the ground. When deciding to go around, the right wing hit a 9-meter high pole at a height of 6 m. The wing caught fire, and the number 2 engine had failed. With a progressive roll the aircraft flew 420 meters at an angle of 40-45° until the right wing touched the ground. The fuselage hit the ground sideways in a field about 1500 meters from the runway. The airplane broke up and caught fire.


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  • 50th worst accident in 1977
  • 29th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 9th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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