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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Date:Monday 7 January 1974
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-12BP
Operator:Soviet Air Force
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 31
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Vitebsk Airport (VTB) (   Russia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Pskov Airport (PKV/ULOO), Russia
Destination airport:Vitebsk Airport (VTB/UMII), Belarus
The An-12 was carrying officers to an exercise at Vitebsk. During the flight, the aircraft suffered from icing. The crew did not appropriately use the de-icing system, causing ice to accumulate on the flight surfaces of the aircraft. On final approach the aircraft stalled crashed in a field. The aircraft hit a high-voltage power line and caught fire.

Loss of control

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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 Pskov Airport to Vitebsk Airport as the crow flies is 317 km (198 miles).

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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Antonov An-12

  • 1243 built
  • 59th loss
  • 33rd fatal accident
  • 4th worst accident (at the time)
  • 17th worst accident (currently)
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