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Date:Monday 24 August 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-24RV
Operator:Aeroflot, Far East Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-46653
MSN: 47309204
First flight: 1974
Total airframe hrs:12828
Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-24VT
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 27
Total:Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 32
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:70 km (43.8 mls) E of Zavitinsk (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Komsomol'sk-na-Amure Airport (KXK/UHKK), Russia
Destination airport:Blagoveshchensk Airport (BQS/UHBB), Russia
Antonov 24 CCCP-46653 operated on a domestic passenger flight from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport (UUS) to Blagoveshchensk Airport (BQS) via Komsomol'sk-na-Amure Airport (KXK). The flight had departed Komsomol'sk-na-Amure at 07:56 and was en route to Blagoveshchensk at FL170 when it collided in mid air with a Soviet Air Force Tupolev 16K (msn 6203106).
The Antonov disintegrated and crashed. One passenger, 20 year old Larissa Savizkaja survived the crash and was found in a forest 3 days later. The Tupolev, which acted as a support aircraft for two military weather research planes, also crashed.

Probable Cause:

The collision was said to have been caused by poor coordination between the civilian and military air traffic controllers.

Mid air collision
Loss of control

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Distance from Komsomol'sk-na-Amure Airport to Blagoveshchensk Airport as the crow flies is 669 km (418 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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-24

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  • 82nd loss
  • 48th fatal accident
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