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The explosion on board and the plane crash of Tu-104A in the Chita region. 1973
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The explosion on board and the plane crash of Tu-104A in the Chita region. 1973

The explosion on board and the plane crash of the Tu-104A East Siberian region of Chita in CAA

  • Date of the crash: 18.05.1973, the
  • The time of the crash: 09: 38
  • Country of the crash: the USSR
  • Place the crash: Chita region, 97 km west of Chita airport
  • Type of aircraft: Tu-104A
  • Registration of aircraft: SSSR42379
  • Name of air carrier Aeroflot (USSR)
  • Division: East Siberian CAA of Irkutsk
  • Flight: 109 

Chronology of events: The aircraft was found on the highway in 97 km west of Chita airport scattered in the direction of flight on the site 10 km long. Destroyed pilot cabin is located to the north of the height of 1377 m (Mount Hundunay) by the river Arsha. In 1200 m to the west of it with an azimuth of 286 degree Arsha located across the river bottom of the fuselage with the engines. In 1800 m to the northwest from the bottom of the fuselage was located hvos fuselage assembly. In 4500 meters to the southeast from the cockpit were found both the plane and the chassis. The weather was: Mostly upper 7 points stratocumulus average score 4, 1500 m height, the wind near the ground 0-3 m / s, visibility more than 10 km.

Data on victims:

  • Total on board were people 81: 9 72 crew members and passengers. Total killed 81 people: crew 9, 72 passengers.
Details of the crash:
  • Phase of flight: Horizontal (cruising) flight
  • Identified causes of the crash: unlawful interference with aviation
Data on the plane:
  • aircraft Brand: Tu-104A
  • Aircraft ID: USSR-42379
  • Country where registered aircraft: the USSR
  • Date of manufacture of the aircraft: 26.04.1958
  • Serial number of the aircraft: 8350403
  • Hours aircraft: 19329
  • The cycles of use of the aircraft: 8841
  • Engines: A5022007 A5210230
Flight data:
  • Flight: 109
  • Tour type: Regular passenger
  • The aviation company Aeroflot (USSR)
  • Division: East Siberian CAA of Irkutsk
  • The country, which was registered aviation company: USSR
  • Flying from: Irkutsk
  • Flying in Chita
  • Original item: Moscow (Domodedovo)
  • A final point: Chita

Additional information:

Information about the crew:
  • KBC Nikolai Andreyevich Obodyansky
  • copilot Yury Ponomarev
  • navigator Vladislav S. Baryshnikov
  • flight engineer Georgy Kuzenkov
  • radio operator Nikolay Andreyevich Efimtsev
  • flight attendants:
  • Tatyana Evstigneeva
  • Olga Koritskii 
  • Gennady A. Grachev 
  • accompanies the Ministry of Interior Vladimir Hedgehog 

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