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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:
Date:Sunday 14 June 1953
Time:ca 16:35
Type:Ilyushin 12
Operator:Aeroflot / Georgia
Registration: CCCP-L1375
C/n / msn: 30103
First flight: 1947
Total airframe hrs:30103
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:15 km (9.4 mls) NE of Zugdidi (   Georgia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Krasnodar Airport (KRR/URKK), Russia
Destination airport:Tbilisi Airport (TBS/UGGG), Georgia
Flightnumber: 229
Narrative:
Aeroflot flight 112 departed Moscow-Vnukovo Airport on a passenger flight to Tbilisi, with a planned stop at Rostov-on-Don.
The first leg of the flight was uneventful. En route to Tbilisi, the crew had to make an unscheduled stop at Krasnodar due to adverse weather conditions on the route.
The flight took off again at 15:07, bound for Tbilisi.
En route the flight encountered a sudden and severe thunderstorm. The airplane was struck by lightning and entered an uncontrolled dive. At an altitude of about 300 meters the crew attempted an abrupt recovery manouvre. This created an excessive overload causing the outer wing sections to break away. The airplane crashed nose-down on a wooded hillside and burst into flames.
Nato Vachnadze, a Georgian film actress was killed in the accident.

Classification:
Lightningstrike
Loss of control

Sources:
» airdisaster.ru


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Distance from Krasnodar Airport to Tbilisi Airport as the crow flies is 594 km (372 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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