Aeroflot Flight 6502
|Date||20 October 1986|
|Flight origin||Ekaterinburg-Koltsovo Airport (SVX/USSS), Yekaterinburg|
|Stopover||Kurumoch International Airport (KUF/UWWW), Samara, Russia, (formerly Kuybyshev Airport (KUF/UWWW))|
Aeroflot Flight 6502 was a Soviet domestic passenger flight from Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg) to Grozny, which crashed on 20 October 1986 due to pilot error, killing seventy of the ninety-four passengers and crew on board.[a]
The crew of the aircraft, serial number 62327 produced on 28 June 1979, consisted of pilot in command Alexander Kliuyev, co-pilot Gennady Zhirnov, navigating officer Ivan Mokhonko, flight engineer Kyuri Khamzatov and three flight attendants.
The crash occurred after Kliuyev made a bet with Zhirnov to make an instrument-only approach with curtained cockpit windows, thus having no visual contact with the ground, instead of NDB approach, suggested by the air traffic control. Kliuyev further ignored the ground proximity warning at the altitude of 62–65 metres (203–213 ft) and did not make the suggested go-around manoeuvre. The aircraft touched down at a speed of 280 kilometres per hour (170 mph). and came to rest upside down. Sixty-three people died during the accident and 7 more in hospitals later. Among the passengers were fourteen children, all of whom survived the accident.
Even though Zhirnov made no attempt to avert the crash, he subsequently tried to save the passengers and died of cardiac arrest en route to hospital. The pilot of Flight 6502 was prosecuted and sentenced to fifteen years in prison.
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