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Accident description
Last updated: 22 February 2018
Date:Wednesday 21 October 1987
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 12BK
Operator:Soviet Air Force
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Engines: 4 Ivchenko AI-20M
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 19
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Kabul Airport (KBL) (   Afghanistan)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Kabul Airport (KBL/OAKB), Afghanistan
Destination airport:Tashkent Airport (TAS/UTTT), Uzbekistan
Visibility was poor as the An-12 attempted to take off for Tashkent. The aircraft collided with a Mil Mi-24 helicopter on the runway.



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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Kabul Airport to Tashkent Airport as the crow flies is 739 km (462 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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Antonov An-12

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