ASN logo
Last updated: 24 October 2021
Date:Thursday 14 November 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-2T
Operator:Komi Avia
Registration: RA-40309
MSN: 1G221-39
First flight: 1986
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 15
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Most Pyssa (   Russia)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Most Pyssa Airfield, Russia
Destination airport:Koslan Airfield, Russia
An Antonov 2 biplane, RA-40309, was destroyed when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Most Pyssa, Russia.
The Komi Avia plane operated on a flight from Koslan to Vazhgort, Puchkoma, Chuprova, Vazhgort, Most Pyssa and back to Koslan. The flight to Most Pyssa was uneventful. But weather was deteriorating and it was snowing during the 20 minutes the plane was parked at Most Pyssa. The crew decided to continue for the last leg of the flight, but they failed to remove the snow from the wings prior to departure.
As the An-2 was turning left immediately after takeoff, the airplane stalled and crashed into a forest. A fire broke out.

Loss of control

» Soviet Transports


Add your photo of this accident or aircraft

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 Most Pyssa Airfield to Koslan Airfield as the crow flies is 77 km (48 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.
languages: languages


Antonov An-2

  • 18000 built
  • 583rd loss
  • 190th fatal accident
  • 2nd worst accident (at the time)
  • 4th worst accident (currently)
» safety profile