Date & Time: Oct 2, 1973 at 2336 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Yakutsk - Magadan
9 3 465 02
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The airplane was completing a cargo flight from Yakutsk to Magadan, carrying two passengers, eight crew members and a load of 12 tons of vegetables. The approach to Magadan-Sokol Airport was started by night and marginal weather conditions (rain falls). While descending to an altitude of 570 meters, the captain decided to initiate a go-around when the airplane struck the slope of a snow covered mountain and crashed 13,7 km short of runway. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and all 10 occupants were killed.
The accident which resulted in a controlled flight into terrain was the consequence of several navigational errors on part of the crew of failed to follow the published procedures. This caused the aircraft to be off course by 5,6 km on approach. The poor visibility due to night and rain falls and the lack of ATC assistance was considered as contributing factors.