Accident Antonov An-124-100 08 Black, Saturday 6 December 1997
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Date:Saturday 6 December 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic A124 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Antonov An-124-100
Owner/operator:Russian Air Force
Registration: 08 Black
MSN: 4516003
Year of manufacture:1986
Total airframe hrs:1034 hours
Cycles:576 flights
Engine model:Lotarev D-18T
Fatalities:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23
Other fatalities:45
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:1,6 km SE of Irkutsk-2 Airport -   Russia
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Irkutsk-2 Airport (UIIR)
Destination airport:Vladivostok Airport (VVO/UHWW)
An Antonov 124-100 transport plane was destroyed when it crashed immediately after takeoff from Irkutsk-2 Airport, Russia. The airplane struck houses in a residential area, killing all 23 on board and 45 persons on the ground.
The An-124 was leased from the Russian Air Force by Cargotrans to transport two Sukhoi Su-27 fighter planes to Vietnam. The planned destination was Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam with an en route stop at Vladivostok Airport (VVO), Russia.
Three seconds after lifting off runway 14, at a height of about 5 m the number 3 engine surged. Climbing away with a high angle of attack engines no. 2 and 1 also surged. The airplane reached a maximum height of 66 m before it descended, striking several buildings. It crashed into a residential area, 1600 m beyond the runway end.


Aviation Week & Space Technology 15.12.1997 (29)



photo (c); Irkutsk; December 1997

photo (c) RIA Novosti archive / Alexander Makarov; Irkutsk; 06 December 1997; (CC:by-sa)

photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Farnborough Airport (FAB); September 1986

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