Accident Aeroprakt A-22 Foxbat mod. , Tuesday 2 April 2024
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Date:Tuesday 2 April 2024
Type:Silhouette image of generic AP22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aeroprakt A-22 Foxbat mod.
Owner/operator:Main Directorate of Intelligence (Ukrainian MoD)
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Alabuga Special Economic Zone, Yelabuga, Republic of Tatarstan -   Russia
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
On 2 April 2024, a modified Aeroprakt A-22 Foxbat light sport aircraft crashed into the Heron/Hero of Alexandria student dormitory of the Yelabuga Polytechnic College, completely destroying the aircraft and causing significant damage to the student building. The aircraft was misidentified by some as a Ukrjet UJ-22 Airborne suicide drone, but could be identified easily due to its comparatively larger size, and noise of its Rotax 912 piston driven engine. The event follows an increasing number of attacks on industrial facilities in Russia, reportedly conducted by the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence. The Alabuga Special Economic Zone is located near the city of Naberezhnye Chelny, home to a number of highly significant industrial complexes.
The target of the attack was a factory in the Alabuga Special Economic Zone that was reportedly engaged in the manufacturing of Shahed-136 drones.

TASS stated that 13 people had been injured people, with 8 people hospitalised.

A number of Ukrainian aligned sources report that the operation was carried out by the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (HUR). It is thought that the aircraft had been modified ersatz to not require a manned crew. However, visually, the aircraft retains its appearance as a normal A-22 aircraft.

The Aeroprakt A-22 is known to have a range of around 1,100 km (680 mi, 590 nmi). Two other interceptions of Aeroprakt aircraft in Russian airspace revealed that these aircraft were likely being used for clandestine missions, operating from the NE of Ukraine, about 1,200km from the site of the attack. These aircraft are likely chosen due to their small size, short-field performance, and small radar cross section.

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Revision history:

02-Apr-2024 14:47 Anon. Added
02-Apr-2024 14:48 Anon. Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
03-Apr-2024 14:07 Anon. Updated [Source, Narrative]
03-Apr-2024 14:11 Anon. Updated [Source, Narrative]
04-Apr-2024 11:45 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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