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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
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Date:Monday 4 June 1962
Time:06:20
Type:Tupolev 104B
Operator:Aeroflot, Moscow Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-42491
C/n / msn: 021604
First flight: 1960
Engines: 2 Mikulin AM-3M-500
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:30 km (18.8 mls) NE of Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport (SOF) (   Bulgaria)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport (SOF/LBSF), Bulgaria
Destination airport:Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO/UUEE), Russia
Narrative:
The Tu-104 jet was carrying a cargo of cherries from Sofia to Moscow. Shortly after takeoff the no. 1 engine failed. The airplane flew in clouds when the crew initiated a turn back to the airport. It then struck the slope of Mount Baba.

Sources:
» airdisaster.ru
» Soviet Transports
» Jet-Airliner Unfälle seit 1952 / J. Richter, Chr. Wolf


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Distance from Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport to Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport as the crow flies is 1772 km (1107 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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