The Antonov An-28 (NATO reporting name Cash) is a 2-engined light prop transport aircraft, developed from the Antonov An-14M. It was the winner of a competition against the Beriev Be-30 for use by Aeroflot as a short-range airliner. It first flew in 1969.
A total of 191 were built and 68 remain in airline service at August 2006.
After a short pre-production series built by Antonov, it was licence-built in Poland by PZL-Mielec. In 1993, PZL-Mielec developed its own improved variant, the PZL M-28 Skytruck.
The An-28 is similar to the An-14 in many of its aspects, including its wing structure and twin rudders, but features an expanded fuselage and turboprop engines, in place of the An-14's piston engines. The An-28 first flew as a modified An-14 in 1969. The next pre-production model did not fly until 1975. In passenger carrying configuration, accommodation was provided for up to 15 people, in addition to the two-man crew. Production was transferred to PZL-Mielec in 1978. The first Polish-built aircraft did not fly until 1984. The An-28 finally received its Soviet type certificate in 1986.
- The original Antonov designation for an enlarged, twin-turboprop version of the An-14.
- Twin-engined short-range utility transport aircraft, three built.
- An-28RM Bryza 1RM
- Search and rescue, air ambulance aircraft.
- An-28TD Bryza 1TD
- Transport version.
- Variant with Pratt & Whitney engines first flown 22 July 1993.
Civil Operators 
An-28 on USSR postal stamp
Major operators of the 68 Antonov An-28 aircraft remaining in airline service include:
- Blue Wing Airlines (formerly operated 5 with three lost in crashes on 3 April 2008, 15 October 2009,and 15 May 2010)
- Tajik Air (8)
- Some 21 other airlines operate smaller numbers of the type.
Military Operators 
Former Operators 
- Soviet Union
Notable accidents and incidents 
- 25 May 2005: A chartered Maniema Union Antonov An-28 aircraft, owned by Victoria Air, crashed into a mountain near Walungu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, about 30 minutes after takeoff. All of the 22 passengers and 5 crew members were killed.
- 3 April 2008: An Antonov An-28 operated by Blue Wing Airlines crashes upon landing near Benzdorp in Suriname. All 19 on board are killed.
- On 15 October 2009, an Antonov An-28 of Blue Wing Airlines departed the runway on landing at Kwamelasemoetoe Airstrip, Suriname and hit an obstacle. The aircraft was substantially damaged and four people were injured, one seriously.
- 15 May 2010: An Antonov An-28 operated by Blue Wing Airlines crashed over the upper-marowijne district approximately 3 miles north-east of Poketi, Suriname. The two pilots and six passengers died.
- On 30 January 2012, A TRACEP-Congo Aviation An-28 crashed whilst on a domestic cargo flight from Bukavu-Kamenbe Airport to Namoya Airstrip, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing three of the five crew.
- On 12 September 2012, an An-28 operated by Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Enterprise as Flight 251  crashed whilst on a domestic flight from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana Airport, killing ten of 14 people.
Specifications (An-28) 
Comparison of the An-14 and the An-28
Data from Airliners.net
See also 
- Related development
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Related lists
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