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Last updated: 30 November 2021
Date:Monday 13 July 2020
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-2R
Registration: RA-40851
MSN: 1G174-47
First flight: 1977
Engines: 1 Shvetsov ASh-62IR
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:0,4 km (0.3 mls) SE of Kistenevo, Bolsheboldinsky district, Nizhny Novgorod region (   Russia)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Bolshoye Boldino Airport (UWGB), Russia
Destination airport:Bolshoye Boldino Airport (UWGB), Russia
The Antonov An-2 hit a concrete post and power lines during an aerial application flight and crashed. Both occupants died from injuries sustained in the crash. The plane caught fire after the crash.

Probable Cause:

The cause of the accident with the An-2 RA-40851 aircraft was the collision of the aircraft with a reinforced concrete support and power transmission lines in a controlled flight while performing the aerial application at an extremely low altitude.

The contributing factors most likely were:
- field processing when the sun is less than 15° above the horizon and the sun's heading angle is less than 30°;
- insufficient prudence of the PIC when performing a VFR flight for aerial application;
- failure of the pilot to take into account the presence of artificial obstacles in the flight area;
- lack of marking of power lines.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: MAK
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 162 days (5 months)
Accident number: final report
Download report: Final report

Collision with pole or wires
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground



photo of Antonov-An-2R-RA-40851
accident date: 13-07-2020
type: Antonov An-2R
registration: RA-40851
photo of Antonov-An-2R-RA-40851
accident date: 13-07-2020
type: Antonov An-2R
registration: RA-40851


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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