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Date:Thursday 20 October 1960
Type:Tupolev Tu-104A
Operator:Aeroflot, Far East Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-42452
MSN: 96601701
First flight: 1959
Engines: 2 Mikulin AM-3M
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 61
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 68
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Ust-Orda (   Russia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Omsk Airport (OMS/UNOO), Russia
Destination airport:Irkutsk Airport (IKT/UIII), Russia
Flightnumber: 05
A Tupolev 104A passenger plane sustained substantial damage in a landing accident at Ust-Orda, Russia. There were 61 passengers and seven crew members on board. Three crew members were killed.
The airplane operated Aeroflot flight 05 from Moscow-Vnukovo (VNO) to Khabarovsk (KHV) with en route stops at Omsk (OMS) and Irkutsk (IKT). On takeoff from Omsk the weather forecast for Irkutsk was fine with a visibility of 4-10 km with no deterioration expected.
En route, at 160 km from the destination, the weather conditions had deteriorated with a cloud cover at 160 m and snowfall. This was below minima for Tu-104 aircraft. It was decided to divert to Ust-Orda. Another Tu-104 had already diverted there and the crew reported clouds at 200-250 m, snow fall and a visibility of 3 km.
After breaking through the clouds the landing lights were turned on. There were issues with the nose gear light, forcing the captain to abort the approach in order to check out the landing lights. At a height of 10-15 m in level flight above the runway about two kilometers from its start the captain initiated a left turn to climb. After turning 70°, he saw the rapidly approaching ground. The plane struck up sloping terrain. A fire broke out.


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Distance from Omsk Airport to Irkutsk Airport as the crow flies is 2039 km (1274 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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