ASN Aircraft accident Antonov An-26B CCCP-26095 Saransk Airport (SKX)
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Date:Thursday 6 February 1986
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN26 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-26B
Operator:Aeroflot / Belarus
Registration: CCCP-26095
MSN: 11810
First flight: 1982
Total airframe hrs:3088
Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-24VT
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:2 km (1.3 mls) SE of Saransk Airport (SKX) (   Russia)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Saransk Airport (SKX/UWPS), Russia
Destination airport:Gomel Airport (GME/UMGG), Belarus
During a night takeoff from Saransk the captain mistook red lights on the localizer and inner marker beacon for the anti-collision lights of an oncoming aircraft and took violent evasive action. The aircraft lost altitude and collided with the ground, breaking up on impact.
The aircraft operated on a flight from Nizhnevartovsk to Sverdlovsk, Saransk and Gomel.

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Distance from Saransk Airport to Gomel Airport as the crow flies is 948 km (593 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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