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Accident description
Last updated: 11 December 2017
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Date:Tuesday 19 April 1983
Time:18:09
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev 40
Operator:Aeroflot / Armenia
Registration: CCCP-87291
C/n / msn: 9320628
First flight: 1973
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:41 km (25.6 mls) from Leninakan Airport (LWN) (   Armenia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Nalchik Airport (NAL/URMN), Russia
Destination airport:Leninakan Airport (LWN/UDSG), Armenia
Narrative:
The crew deviated from the track while flying in mountainous terrain and incorrectly determined its position. The aircraft was cleared to descend to 900 m when it struck a cloud-shrouded mountainside at a height of 2523 m.
ATC didn't determine the position of the aircraft and didn't require the aircraft to circle at a safe altitude for identification.

Sources:
» Soviet Transports
» ICAO Adrep Summary 6/93 (#18)


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Distance from Nalchik Airport to Leninakan Airport as the crow flies is 306 km (191 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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Yakovlev Yak-40

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