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Last updated: 1 December 2021
Date:Thursday 15 August 1991
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN26 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-26
Operator:Soviet Air Force
Registration: 51
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 10 km NW of Petrel, Sakhalin Oblast (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Petrel-Burevestnik Airport (BVV/UHSB), Russia
Destination airport:?
Air traffic control instructed the flight crew to make a procedure left turn after takeoff from Petrel-Burevestnik Airport instead of a right turn. The airplane flew towards mountainous terrain and struck Mount Medvezhonok 10 metres below the summit.
The aircraft was being operated on behalf of the KGB/Border Guard.

Wrong or misinterpreted ATC instructions
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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