Accident Avia 14 CCCP-61617, Saturday 24 August 1963
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Date:Saturday 24 August 1963
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL14 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avia 14
Owner/operator:Aeroflot / Georgia
Registration: CCCP-61617
MSN: 014602107
Year of manufacture:1957
Total airframe hrs:11682 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 32 / Occupants: 32
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:32 km NW of Kutaisi Airport (KUT) -   Georgia
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Kutaisi Airport (KUT/UGKO)
Destination airport:Sukhumi Airport (SUI/UGSS)
Flight 663 departed from Kutaisi Airport (KUT), Georgia at 10:45.
Some 3-4 minutes after takeoff the crew reported visual flight at an altitude of 600 m. At 10:52 the crew reported: "Flight to Sukhumi 1,500 m, earth visible between the layers of clouds, heavy rainfall". This was the last contact with the flight.
The airplane had deviated from the intended route until it struck a wooded hillside at an elevation of 900 m, 13 kilometers to the right of the intended route.
Among the dead were found three stowaways.
It was concluded that the crew should not have been allowed to conduct a VFR flight in IMC. Also, the tower controller at Kutaisi did not report the deterioration of weather and lower cloud base.


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  • 16th worst accident in 1963
  • 7th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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