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Last updated: 23 September 2021
Date:Monday 3 September 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-24B
Operator:Aeroflot, Arkhangelsk Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-46269
MSN: 77303602
First flight: 1967
Total airframe hrs:19917
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 37
Total:Fatalities: 40 / Occupants: 43
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1,85 km (1.2 mls) W of Amderma Airport (AMV) (   Russia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Arkhangelsk-Talaghy Airport (ARH/ULAA), Russia
Destination airport:Amderma Airport (AMV/ULDD), Russia
An Antonov 24B passenger plane, CCCP-46269, was destroyed when it struck terrain while on approach to Amderma Airport (AMV), Russia. The airplane operated on a domestic flight from Arkhangelsk (ARH).
There were low clouds at Amderma and the visibility was 8 km. During final approach the crew descended below the glide path. The ground proximity warning system sounded for 15 seconds, but the crew continued to descend. The bottom of the cockpit and the propellers collided with a small slope of a hill. The collision with the ground occurred at an indicated speed of 206 km/h and a vertical rate of descent of 6 m/s. The airplane broke up and the main wreckage came to rest on the sandy shore of the Kara Sea at 20-30 m from the water's edge.


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Distance from Arkhangelsk-Talaghy Airport to Amderma Airport as the crow flies is 1050 km (656 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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