Aeroflot Flight 217

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Aeroflot Flight 217
Ilyushin Il-62, Aeroflot AN0723959.jpg
An Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-62, similar to the crashed aircraft
Accident summary
Date 13 October 1972
Summary Undetermined (possible crew incapacitation, lightning strike, or mechanical failure)
Site Near Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport
Passengers 164
Crew 10
Fatalities 174 (all)
Aircraft type Ilyushin Il-62
Operator Aeroflot
Registration CCCP-86671
Flight origin Orly Airport, Paris, France
Stopover Shosseynaya Airport, Leningrad, USSR
Destination Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow, USSR

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.[1] 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.[2]

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  1. ^ Leddington, Roger (16 October 1972). "Death toll at 176 in Russian crash". Nashua Telegraph. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Gero, David (1996). Aviation Disasters Second Edition. Patrick Stephens Limited. p. 110. 

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Coordinates: 56°04′50″N 37°24′36″E / 56.0806°N 37.4100°E / 56.0806; 37.4100