Accident Tupolev Tu-124V CCCP-45028, Monday 8 March 1965
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Date:Monday 8 March 1965
Time:11:35
Type:Silhouette image of generic t124 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Tupolev Tu-124V
Owner/operator:Aeroflot, Privolzhsk Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-45028
MSN: 2350803
Year of manufacture:1962
Total airframe hrs:1612 hours
Cycles:1151 flights
Engine model:Soloviev D-20P
Fatalities:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 39
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:near Kuybyshev Airport (KUF) -   Russia
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Kuybyshev Airport (KUF/UWWW)
Destination airport:Rostov Airport (ROV/URRR)
Narrative:
A Tupolev 124V passenger plane was destroyed when it crashed near Kuybyshev Airport (KUF). There were 30 passengers and nine crew members on board. Just nine passengers survived the accident.
The Tu-124 was operated by Aeroflot's Privolzhsk division on a flight to Rostov and Sochi. Pilot flying was a trainee captain, with a check airman in the right hand seat. Immediately after takeoff, at a height of about 40-50 meters, the airplane attained a high angle of attack and sank back until it struck a snow covered field.

An investigation concluded that the accident was likely caused by problems with the attitude indicators. It was considered possible that they were not fully powered up at the time of the accident. Just over two minutes had elapsed between the time the engines were started and the time of the accident.
It was also considered possible that water ingress had caused the ADI to fail. In a dissenting statement, one of the members of the investigating commission stated that he concluded that the accident was caused by insufficient piloting skills on the part of the trainee captain.

Sources:

Soviet Transports
airdisaster.ru

Statistics

  • 21st worst accident in 1965
  • 6th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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