Accident Yakovlev Yak-40 CCCP-87790, Wednesday 8 August 1973
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Date:Wednesday 8 August 1973
Time:15:57
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Yakovlev Yak-40
Owner/operator:Aeroflot, Arkhangelsk Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-87790
MSN: 9110515
Year of manufacture:1971
Total airframe hrs:2171 hours
Cycles:2455 flights
Engine model:Ivchenko AI-25
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 31
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Arkhangelsk Airport (ARH) -   Russia
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Arkhangelsk-Talaghy Airport (ARH/ULAA)
Destination airport:Kotlas Airport (KSZ/ULAK)
Narrative:
The Yakovlev 40 operated on a domestic service from Arkhangelsk to Kotlas. On takeoff, upon reaching a speed of 161 km/h, the crew tried to lift the nose of the plane, but the elevators were locked. The aircraft continued off the 2250 m long runway and ran through shrubs. It hit the localizer antenna and impacted a concrete building and burst into flames. The copilot suffered fatal injuries.
It appeared that the elevators became locked during takeoff due to a fault in the electrical system. It was concluded that the pilot should have aborted the takeoff instead of continuing.

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