Aeroflot Flight 6502

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Aeroflot Flight 6502
Aeroflot Tu-134A CCCP-65862 LFSB 1975-12-28.png
An Aeroflot Tu-134A, similar to that involved in the accident.
Accident summary
Date 20 October 1986
Summary Pilot error
Passengers 87
Crew 7
Fatalities 70
Survivors 24
Aircraft type Tu-134A
Operator Aeroflot
Registration SSSR-65766
Flight origin Ekaterinburg-Koltsovo Airport (SVX/USSS), Yekaterinburg
Stopover Kurumoch International Airport (KUF/UWWW), Samara, Russia, (formerly Kuybyshev Airport (KUF/UWWW))
Destination Grozny

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.[2]


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.[2] 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.[2] The aircraft touched down at a speed of 280 kilometres per hour (170 mph).[2] and came to rest upside down. Sixty-three people died during the accident and 7 more in hospitals later.[2] Among the passengers were fourteen children, all of whom survived the accident.[1]

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.[3] The pilot of Flight 6502 was prosecuted and sentenced to fifteen years in prison.[3]


  1. ^ The top secret report of the Chairman of Kuibyshev oblispolkom V.A. Pogodin to the Premier of the Soviet Union Nikolai Ryzhkov gave slightly different figures: 85 passengers and 8 crew members aboard, 53 passengers and 5 crew members died in the crash and 11 more in hospital later.[1]


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