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Last updated: 8 December 2021
Status:
Date:Wednesday 22 September 2021
Time:08:12
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN26 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-26KPA
Operator:LPS Flight Checks & Systems
Registration: RA-26673
MSN: 8408
First flight: 1979
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:38 km (23.8 mls) SW of Khabarovsk (   Russia)
Crash site elevation: 729 m (2392 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Aerial Work (Calibration, Photo)
Departure airport:Khabarovsk-Novy Airport (KHV/UHHH), Russia
Destination airport:Khabarovsk-Novy Airport (KHV/UHHH), Russia
Narrative:
An Antonov An-26 of LPS Flight Checks & Systems was destroyed after impacting a mountainside 38 km from Khabarovsk, Russia. All six on board were killed.
The aircraft operated on a navaid calibration flight for runway 05R at Khabarovsk-Novy Airport. One of the tasks of the mission was to measure the range of the ILS localizer. For this task the aircraft was to fly the reverse of the runway 06R approach course with a lateral deviation of at least 10 km and continue to a distance of 36 km.
After an approach the flight crew was instructed to climb to an altitude of 600 m and turn to follow the reverse approach course.
However, the published minima for that sector up to a distance of 46 km is 1200 m.
During the flight at an altitude of about 600 m on autopilot with a course of 220-230°, the aircraft collided with the wooded slope of Khrebtovaya Mountain (793m / 2602ft asl). The flight crew had initiated a climb three seconds before the impact at an elevation of 729 m.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: MAK
Status: Investigation ongoing

Sources:
» rbc.ru
» 27.mchs.gov.ru
» tass.com
» NBAAI


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photo of Antonov-An-26KPA-RA-26673
accident date: 22-09-2021
type: Antonov An-26KPA
registration: RA-26673
photo of Antonov-An-26KPA-RA-26673
accident date: 22-09-2021
type: Antonov An-26KPA
registration: RA-26673
 

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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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