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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
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Date:Saturday 24 August 1963
Time:10:53
Type:Avia 14
Operator:Aeroflot / Georgia
Registration: CCCP-61617
C/n / msn: 014602107
First flight: 1957
Total airframe hrs:11682
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 27
Total:Fatalities: 32 / Occupants: 32
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:32 km (20 mls) NW of Kutaisi Airport (KUT) (   Georgia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kutaisi Airport (KUT/UGKO), Georgia
Destination airport:Sukhumi Airport (SUI/UGSS), Georgia
Flightnumber: 663
Narrative:
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.

Classification:
Low visibility
VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
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Distance from Kutaisi Airport to Sukhumi Airport as the crow flies is 135 km (84 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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