Aeroflot Flight 217
|Date||13 October 1972|
|Summary||Undetermined (possible crew incapacitation, lightning strike, or mechanical failure)|
|Site||Near Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union|
|Aircraft type||Ilyushin Il-62|
|Flight origin||Orly Airport, Paris|
|Stopover||Shosseynaya Airport, Leningrad|
|Destination||Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow|
Aeroflot Flight 217 was a non-scheduled international passenger flight from Orly Airport in Paris to Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow, with a stopover at Shosseynaya Airport (now Pulkovo Airport) in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg). On 13 October 1972, the Ilyushin Il-62 airliner operating the flight crashed on approach to Sheremetyevo, with the loss of all 164 passengers and crew of 10. At the time, it was the world's worst aviation disaster. As of 2013, the accident remains the second-deadliest one involving an Il-62, after LOT Flight 5055, and the second-deadliest on Russian soil, after Aeroflot Flight 3352.
The cause of the crash could not be determined. Investigators did believe the most probable cause was the 'psycho-physiological incapacitation of the crew for reasons unknown.
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