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Date:Friday 23 December 2005
Time:ca 22:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic A140 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-140-100
Operator:Azerbaijan Airlines
Registration: 4K-AZ48
MSN: 36525307036
First flight: 2004
Engines: 2 Klimov TV3-117VMA-SBM1
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Nardaran (   Azerbaijan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Baku-Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD/UBBB), Azerbaijan
Destination airport:Aktau Airport (SCO/UATE), Kazakhstan
Flightnumber: 217
An Antonov 140-100 turboprop, operated by Azerbaijan Airlines, was destroyed in an accident near Nardaran, Azerbaijan. All 23 on board were killed.
Flight 217 took off from Baku on a flight to Aktau, Kazakhstan. Some five minutes after the night-time departure, while heading over the Caspian Sea, the crew reported a systems failure. The crew lost spatial orientation and the aircraft entered a steep right downward spiral and crashed on the shore of the Caspian Sea.
It appeared that the aircraft took off with caged gyro horizons. This was a malfunction due to the fact that some counterfeit components had been installed during production.

Loss of control

» Echo, AFP
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METAR Weather report:
18:30 UTC / 22:30 local time:
UBBB 231830Z 30002KT 3000 -RA BKN003 OVC020 08/08 Q1010 88290060 NOSIG=
Wind 300 degrees at 2 kts, visibility 3000m in light rain, 5-7 oktas cloud at 300ft 8 oktas overcast cloud at 2000ft temperature 8C dewpoint 8C QNH 1010hPa no significant weather


photo of Antonov-An-140-100-4K-AZ48
accident date: 23-12-2005
type: Antonov An-140-100
registration: 4K-AZ48

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 Baku-Heydar Aliyev International Airport to Aktau Airport as the crow flies is 384 km (240 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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