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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
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Date:Saturday 6 March 1976
Time:00:58
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin 18E
Operator:Aeroflot / Armenia
Registration: CCCP-75408
C/n / msn: 186009201
First flight: 1966
Total airframe hrs:21587
Cycles:9082
Crew:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 100 / Occupants: 100
Total:Fatalities: 111 / Occupants: 111
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Verkhnyaya Khava (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO/UUWW), Russia
Destination airport:Yerevan Airport (EVN/UDYZ), Armenia
Flightnumber: 909
Narrative:
The Ilyushin had taken off from Moscow-Vnukovo for a flight to Yerevan. En route at FL260 an electrical power failure occurred, disabling the compass system, two main gyros and autopilot. The flight crew were confused now knowing whether the left, right or standby gyro were giving correct information. After some banking manoeuvres, the aircraft apparently lost control and crashed. The accident happened at night with a thick layer of clouds, topping at FL130; the natural horizon was not visible.

Classification:

Loss of control

Sources:
» Aviation Disasters / D. Gero
» Airdisaster.ru
» Soviet Transports


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Distance from Moskva-Vnukovo Airport to Yerevan Airport as the crow flies is 1782 km (1114 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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