Accident Ilyushin Il-18V CCCP-75773, Thursday 31 December 1970
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Date:Thursday 31 December 1970
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Ilyushin Il-18V
Owner/operator:Aeroflot / Armenia
Registration: CCCP-75773
MSN: 181003603
Year of manufacture:1961
Total airframe hrs:13760 hours
Cycles:6733 flights
Engine model:Ivchenko AI-20K
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 86
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:2,2 km from Leningrad-Pulkovo Airport (LED) -   Russia
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Leningrad-Pulkovo Airport (LED/ULLI)
Destination airport:Yerevan Airport (EVN/UDYZ)
The plane took off from Leningrad-Pulkovo Airport (LED) with an unusually large angle of pitch and began to sway from left to right. It flew 2,500 meters at a height of 30-50 m at near-critical angles of attack. The airplane descended with a high angle of attack and a slight right roll at a speed of 200 km/h. After flying for only 5,300 meters, the airplane fell into a snow-covered field at a distance of 2,190 meters from the end of the runway and 290 m to the right of its axis. It skidded for 210 m before coming to rest.
An investigation revealed that the crew forgot to select the flaps prior to takeoff in what appears to be a hurried takeoff.

Soviet Transports
Flight International 11 December 1976 (1695)


  • 91st worst accident in 1970
  • 51st worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 24th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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