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Last updated: 24 October 2021
Date:Wednesday 11 November 1998
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-12B
Registration: RA-12955
MSN: 8345506
First flight: 1968
Engines: 4 Ivchenko AI-20M
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5,4 km (3.4 mls) W of Krasnoyarsk Airport (KJA) (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo International Airport (KJA/UNKL), Russia
Destination airport:Mirny Airport (MJZ/UERR), Russia
An Antonov 12B transport plane was engaged in a cargo flight from Novosibirsk to the Siberian town of Mirnyy, Russia. It was loaded with 13 tons of commercial cargo: food, tobacco, clothing and footwear.
A routine refuelling stop was made at Krasnoyarsk. While taxiing out for takeoff the snowfall at the airport became more intense.
During takeoff, reaching a speed of 250 km/h, the airplane failed to lift off. Eventually, after a take off un that lasted 65 seconds, the airplane became airborne at a speed of 280 km/h.
The airplane slowly climbed at 3,5-4 m/s. At about 100-120 m altitude, the flaps were raised. Immediately, the airplane began to loose height. The flight crew attempted to select the flaps again but it was too late. The Antonov contacted trees and crashed in a forest, bursting into flames.

Probable Cause:

The accident was caused by a deterioration in the aerodynamic characteristics of the aircraft because of possible icing, which led to a spontaneous descent of the aircraft after retracting the flaps.

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Distance from Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo International Airport to Mirny Airport as the crow flies is 1391 km (869 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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Antonov An-12

  • 1243 built
  • 156th loss
  • 91st fatal accident
  • 28th worst accident (at the time)
  • 37th worst accident (currently)
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