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Last updated: 30 November 2021
Date:Friday 23 November 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL76 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-76
Operator:Soviet Air Force
Registration: CCCP-86714
MSN: 053403067
First flight: 1975
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:12 km (7.5 mls) from Vitebsk Airport (VTB) (   Belarus)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Vitebsk Airport (VTB/UMII), Belarus
Destination airport:Vitebsk Airport (VTB/UMII), Belarus
During a night time approach the airplane suddenly banked left. The crew lost control and the airplane crashed, killing all aboard.
It appeared that the left flap retracted inadvertently 12 km short of the runway due to a broken cog-wheel.

Issue with flap(s)
Loss of control

» Scramble 253
» Soviet Transports


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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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