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Date:Tuesday 8 March 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic T154 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev Tu-154B-2
Operator:Aeroflot, East Siberia Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-85413
MSN: 80A413
First flight: 1980
Total airframe hrs:11411
Cycles:4669
Engines: 3 Kuznetsov NK-8-2U
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 76
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 84
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Veshchevo Air Force Base (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kurgan Airport (KRO/USUU), Russia
Destination airport:Leningrad-Pulkovo Airport (LED/ULLI), Russia
Flightnumber:SU3739
Narrative:
The aircraft was hijacked by family (11 people) from Irkutsk who demanded to be flown to London. A landing at Veshchevo Air Force Base was made to refuel. While on the ground the aircraft was stormed by Russian troops. Explosions followed, causing severe damage to the tail of the aircraft. Five of the hijackers were killed, along with 3 passengers and a stewardess.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Soviet Transports
» airdisaster.ru
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1988 / U.S. Department of Transport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


Photos

photo of Tupolev-Tu-154B-2-CCCP-85413
accident date: 08-03-1988
type: Tupolev Tu-154B-2
registration: CCCP-85413
 

Map
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 Kurgan Airport to Leningrad-Pulkovo Airport as the crow flies is 2104 km (1315 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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