Accident Ilyushin Il-18V CCCP-75798, Friday 6 February 1970
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Date:Friday 6 February 1970
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Ilyushin Il-18V
Owner/operator:Aeroflot / Uzbekistan
Registration: CCCP-75798
MSN: 182004303
Year of manufacture:1962
Total airframe hrs:12885 hours
Cycles:4968 flights
Engine model:Ivchenko AI-20K
Fatalities:Fatalities: 92 / Occupants: 106
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:32 km NE of Samarkand Airport (SKD) -   Uzbekistan
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Tashkent Airport (TAS/UTTT)
Destination airport:Samarkand Airport (SKD/UTSS)
An Ilyushin 18V passenger plane was destroyed when it flew into the side of a mountain 32 km northeast of Samarkand Airport (SKD). Seven crew members and 85 passengers were killed, one crew member and 13 passengers survived the accident.
The airplane departed Tashkent Airport (TAS) at 14:11 Moscow Time on a domestic service to Samarkand (SKD). Cruising altitude was 5100 metres.
At 15:33 the flight was cleared to descend to 2700 m and later further down to 2400 m. At 15:40 the controller reported that the flight was 31 km from Samarkand and cleared the crew to descend to 600 m. The crew did not verify if this distance was correct and continued the descent through clouds. At 15:42 the airplane collided with a snowy mountain slope at a height of 1500 m. The airplane broke in five parts.


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  • 5th worst accident in 1970
  • 8th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 3rd worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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