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Date:Sunday 24 January 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev Yak-40
Operator:Aeroflot, Privolzhsk Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-87549
MSN: 9531442
First flight: 1975
Total airframe hrs:13978
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 27
Total:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 31
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Nizhnevartovsk Airport (NJC) (   Russia)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Nizhnevartovsk Airport (NJC/USNN), Russia
Destination airport:Tyumen Airport (TJM/USTR), Russia
The no.1 and no. 3 engines rpm dropped on takeoff. The no. 2 engine rpm also dropped, but recovered. The no. 1 and no. 3 engines eventually shut down, causing the aircraft to lose speed. The plane stalled, collided with obstacles and broke up.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Reduction in engine thrust during takeoff, probably because the crew closed the throttle.

Loss of control

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Distance from Nizhnevartovsk Airport to Tyumen Airport as the crow flies is 755 km (472 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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