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Last updated: 8 December 2021
Datum:Donnerstag 29 Februar 1968
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyuschin Il-18D
Fluggesellschaft:Aeroflot, Far East Civil Aviation Directorate
Kennzeichen: CCCP-74252
Werknummer: 187010601
Baujahr: 1967
Anzahl Zyklen der Zelle:89
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 9 / Insassen: 9
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 74 / Insassen: 75
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 83 / Insassen: 84
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:13 km (8.1 Meilen) NW of Parchum, Chunsky district, Irkutsk region (   Russland)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Krasnoyarsk Airport (KJA/UNKL), Russland
Flug nach:Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airport (PKC/UHPP), Russland
Flugnummer: 15
Aeroflot flight 15 was a regular passenger service from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, with an intermediate stop at Krasnoyarsk.
At 22:03 hours local time, after having refueled at Krasnoyarsk, the Ilyushin Il-18 departed for the last leg of the flight. The aircraft climbed to the cruising altitude of 8000 meters. Last radio contact was at 22:43 with an unintelligible two-second radio transmission.
At that time the aircraft was in an emergency descent with an average vertical speed of 17-56 m/s (3360-11000 ft/min).
After reaching an altitude of 3000 meters, the vertical speed increased to 50-125 m/s (9850 - 24600 ft/min) and the aircraft turned right. Destructive overloads caused the aircraft to break up in mid-air at an altitude of 650 meters above ground level.
At that time the aircraft was descending inverted at a speed of 890 km/h.
One passenger survived the accident miraculously. His seat had separated together with a large section of airframe skin.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Unknown. It was considered possible that a fuel leak had occurred in the left wing, causing a fire.

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Distance from Krasnoyarsk Airport to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airport as the crow flies is 4060 km (2538 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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