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Date:Thursday 3 September 1970
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev Yak-40
Operator:Aeroflot / Tajikistan
Registration: CCCP-87690
MSN: 9910503
First flight: 1969
Total airframe hrs:1020
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:90 km (56.3 mls) NE of Leninabad (   Tajikistan)
Crash site elevation: 2100 m (6890 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Frunze Airport (FRU/UAFM), Kyrgyzstan
Destination airport:Leninabad Airport (LBD/UTDL), Tajikistan
The Yak-40 passenger plane flew into the side of Mount Airy-Tash (2300 m) at an altitude of 2100 m during the descent towards Leninabad, Tajikistan.
Descent had been initiated over mountainous terrain in IMC conditions while the crew was not aware of the exact position of the plane. The captain and copilot had limited IMC experience and poor navigational training.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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Distance from Frunze Airport to Leninabad Airport as the crow flies is 504 km (315 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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