ASN Aircraft accident Yakovlev Yak-40K CCCP-87930 Chardzhou Airport (CRZ)
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Date:Tuesday 20 March 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev Yak-40K
Operator:Aeroflot / Turkmenistan
Registration: CCCP-87930
MSN: 9740156
First flight: 1977
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 35
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Chardzhou Airport (CRZ) (   Turkmenistan)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Ashgabat Airport (ASB/UTAA), Turkmenistan
Destination airport:Chardzhou Airport (CRZ/UTAV), Turkmenistan
A Yak-40 passenger plane crashed in a dacha colony close to Chardzhou Airport (CRZ), Turkmenistan. All 34 on board survived.
The airplane banked steeply to the left after entering wake turbulence of Mil Mi-6 helicopter during the approach to Chardzhou. The pilot lost control and the airplane impacted terrain short of the runway.

Weather: Wake vortex encounter
Loss of control

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Distance from Ashgabat Airport to Chardzhou Airport as the crow flies is 470 km (293 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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