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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:
Date:Thursday 7 March 1968
Time:10:21
Type:Tupolev 124
Operator:Aeroflot, North Kavkaz Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-45019
C/n / msn: 2350504
First flight: 1962
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 44
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 49
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Volgograd Airport (VOG) (   Russia)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Volgograd Airport (VOG/URWW), Russia
Destination airport:Rostov Airport (ROV/URRR), Russia
Flightnumber:3153
Narrative:
A Tupolev 124 passenger plane, operated by Aeroflot's North Kavkaz division was destroyed in an accident at Volgograd Airport (VOG), Russia. One crew member was killed, the remaining 48 occupants survived.
During takeoff the crew inadvertently activated the spoilers. The airplane lost lift and struck the ground at a distance of 1640 m from the runway threshold and 83 meters to the left side. The fuselage is split into three parts.
It was concluded that the spoiler switch was poorly placed on the steering column of the Tu-124, allowing the pilot to activate the switch inadvertently.

Sources:
» Soviet Transports
» airdisaster.ru


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Distance from Volgograd Airport to Rostov Airport as the crow flies is 374 km (234 miles).

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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