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Last updated: 25 October 2021
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Date:Thursday 13 October 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev Yak-40K
Operator:Aeroflot, North Kavkaz Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-87948
MSN: 9621245
First flight: 1976
Total airframe hrs:2486
Cycles:1704
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 22
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:near Rostov Airport (ROV) (   Russia)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Rostov Airport (ROV/URRR), Russia
Destination airport:Nikolaev Airport (NLV/UKON), Ukraine
Narrative:
Shortly after takeoff from Rostov, the cargo hatch opened completely.
As seats 2A, 2B, 3A and 3B were fixed to the cargo hatch the three passengers sitting in those seats came hanging head down outside of the fuselage. A mother and her small son on seats 3B and 3A respectively slipped out of their seatbelts and fell to their death while a man on seat 2A managed to cling to his seat until the emergency landing.

Classification:
Cargo door failure
Forced landing on runway

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Distance from Rostov Airport to Nikolaev Airport as the crow flies is 593 km (371 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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