Date & Time: Sep 7, 1966 at 1235 LT
Type of aircraft:
Geographical / Geophysical / Scientific
Dushanbe - Murghob
1160 473 04
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On a flight from Dushanbe to Murghob in support of a geological expedition, a fire erupted (probably started by an acetone spill) while the aircraft was flying through the gorge of the river Murghob. The crew attempted a forced landing near the confluence of the rivers Murghob and Zapadny Pshart, some 60 km west of Murghob, but while flying a steep left turn, the aircraft collided with the northern slope of the gorge and crashed. Both pilots and all 4 passengers were killed. The wreckage was found two days later.
In-flight fire caused by an accidental spill of acetone in the cabin.