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Accident description
Last updated: 12 December 2017
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Date:Wednesday 8 October 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic T154 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev 154B-2
Operator:Aeroflot, Far East Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-85321
C/n / msn: 78A-321
First flight: 1978
Engines: 3 Kuznetsov NK-8-2U
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 174
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 184
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Chita Airport (HTA) (   Russia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Barnaul Airport (BAX/UNBB), Russia
Destination airport:Chita Airport (HTA/UIAA), Russia
Narrative:
The Tu-154 came in well above the glide-path on finals to Chita-Kadala and was 'forced down' by the pilot, touching down 240 m before the runway threshold. The tail broke off and the gear struts collapsed as a result.
It appeared that the centre of gravity was too far forward.

Classification:
Centre of Gravity outside limits



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Distance from Barnaul Airport to Chita Airport as the crow flies is 1982 km (1239 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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