Aeroflot Flight 8381
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|Date||3 May 1985|
involving ATC errors
|Site||near Zolochiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union|
|Total injuries (non-fatal)||0|
|Total fatalities||94 (all)|
A Tu-134 similar to the one that crashed
|Flight origin||Tallinn Airport, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union|
|Stopover||Lviv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union|
|Destination||Chişinău, Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union|
An Antonov An-26 similar to the one that crashed.
|Operator||Soviet Air Force|
|Registration||SSSR-26492 (101 red)|
Aeroflot Flight 8381 was the designation on a scheduled flight of a two-engined Tupolev Tu-134 that departed Tallinn Airport in Estonian SSR, Soviet Union, at 10:38 am on 3 May 1985, for Chişinău in Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union making a stopover at Lviv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. While descending to Lviv in overcast weather, it collided at 12:13 with a Soviet Air Force Antonov An-26 (callsign SSSR-26492, Russian: СССР-26492) that had just taken off from Lviv. The collision occurred at an altitude of 13,000 feet (4,000 m) (flight level 130). Both aircraft lost their right wings and tails, went out of control and crashed about one or two minutes later near the village of Zolochiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union, killing all 94 people on both aircraft.
Civil and military air traffic controllers mislocated both aircraft involved, leading to violations of air traffic control rules. Among the victims of the disaster were graphics artist Alexander Aksinin, the young Estonian table-tennis player Alari Lindmäe (born 15 September 1967) and two generals of the Soviet Army. The captain of the Aeroflot aircraft, Nikolai Dmitrijev (born 18 October 1931), was a Hero of Socialist Labor and one of the Soviet Union's most decorated civil airline pilots.
- "Accident description". Retrieved 1 May 2009.