ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev Tu-124V CCCP-45037 Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO)
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Date:Saturday 3 January 1976
Type:Silhouette image of generic t124 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev Tu-124V
Operator:Aeroflot, North Kavkaz Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-45037
MSN: 2351002
First flight: 1962
Total airframe hrs:17014
Engines: 2 Soloviev D-20P
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 56 / Occupants: 56
Total:Fatalities: 61 / Occupants: 61
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:7 km (4.4 mls) W of Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO) (   Russia)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO/UUWW), Russia
Destination airport:Minsk-1 International Airport (MHP/UMMM), Belarus
Immediately after takeoff from Vnukovo Airport, runway 24, the Tu-124 jet aircraft entered clouds. Both artificial horizons then failed. The crew members did not have any visual cues outside the aircraft and lost situational awareness. The airplane banked left until the angle of bank reached about 95 degrees. At a descent rate of 50 m/s the airplane struck the ground, destroying several houses.
Aeroflot Flight 2003 was a flight from Moscow's Vnukovo Airport (VKO) to Minsk-1 Airport (MHP) and Brest (BQT), Belarus.

ADI issues
Loss of control

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» Flight International 24 January 76 (144)


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Distance from Moskva-Vnukovo Airport to Minsk-1 International Airport as the crow flies is 648 km (405 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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