Accident Ilyushin Il-18E CCCP-75408, Saturday 6 March 1976
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Date:Saturday 6 March 1976
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Ilyushin Il-18E
Owner/operator:Aeroflot / Armenia
Registration: CCCP-75408
MSN: 186009201
Year of manufacture:1966
Total airframe hrs:21587 hours
Cycles:9082 flights
Fatalities:Fatalities: 111 / Occupants: 111
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:near Verkhnyaya Khava -   Russia
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO/UUWW)
Destination airport:Yerevan Airport (EVN/UDYZ)
The Ilyushin had taken off from Moscow-Vnukovo for a flight to Yerevan. En route at FL260 an electrical power failure occurred, disabling the compass system, two main gyros and autopilot. The flight crew were confused now knowing whether the left, right or standby gyro were giving correct information. After some banking manoeuvres, the aircraft apparently lost control and crashed. The accident happened at night with a thick layer of clouds, topping at FL130; the natural horizon was not visible.


Aviation Disasters / D. Gero
Soviet Transports


  • 3rd worst accident in 1976
  • worst accident of this aircraft type
  • worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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