Date & Time: Oct 23, 1972 at 1700 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Sestcha - Tula
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The four engine airplane was completing a flight from Sestsha Airbase located in Bryansk, carrying 14 passengers and a crew of six. On approach to Tula Airport in poor weather conditions, the airplane collided with a second Antonov AN-12BP of the Soviet Air Force (Voyenno-vozdushnye sily CCCP). With six crew members on board, the second aircraft was completing a local training flight in Tula. Following the collision, both aircraft dove into the ground and crashed in a field located few km from the airport. All 27 occupants in both aircraft were killed.
It was reported that a radar failed and ATC was unable to determine the exact position of both aircraft. Poor visibility due to marginal weather conditions was considered as a contributing factor.