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Last updated: 17 January 2022
Date:Wednesday 31 October 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev Yak-40K
Operator:Aeroflot, North Kavkaz Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-87948
MSN: 9621245
First flight: 1976
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:43 km (26.9 mls) from Tikhoretsk (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Rostov Airport (ROV/URRR), Russia
Destination airport:Rostov Airport (ROV/URRR), Russia
The aircraft force landed when all engines lost power during a training flight out of Rostov Airport.
Having undertaken eight instrument landing approaches at Rostov, the weather deteriorated below the minima and the crew elected to divert to Krasnodar. Whilst flying towards Krasnodar the crew lost orientation and deviated their route until the aircraft eventually ran out of fuel. The three engines lost power and the crew made an emergency landing some 43 km from the city of Tikhoretsk. The aircraft collided with trees and received significant damage, with two of the five crew members injured.

Fuel exhaustion
All engine powerloss
Forced landing outside airport

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