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Last updated: 16 October 2021
Date:Saturday 18 July 1970
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-22
Operator:Soviet Air Force
Registration: CCCP-09303
MSN: 00340207
First flight: 1970
Engines: 4 Kuznetsov NK-12MA
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:North Atlantic (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Keflavík International Airport (KEF/BIKF), Iceland
Destination airport:Sydney Airport, NS (YQY/CYQY), Canada
The Antonov didn't arrive at its destination Sydney, Canada after a flight from Reykjavik. The aircraft disappeared some 47 minutes after takeoff.

» Aviation Week & Space Technology 27.07.1970
» Soviet Transports


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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 Keflavík International Airport to Sydney Airport, NS as the crow flies is 3001 km (1876 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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