2009 Yakutia Ilyushin Il-76 crash
Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs Ilyushin Il-76MD (RF-76801)
|Date||November 1, 2009|
|Site||25 km away from Mirny Airport|
|Aircraft type||Ilyushin Il-76|
|Flight origin||Mirny Airport|
The jet, owned by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, took off, with eleven crewmembers on board, from Mirny Airport, where the onboard cargo had been unloaded. The aircraft was bound for the city of Irkutsk, when several minutes after liftoff it banked to the right, hit a slag heap from an old mine and crashed. It exploded on impact and caught fire, about three kilometers (1.9 miles) from the airport in a deserted area. There are suggestions that the aircraft failed to gain altitude and deviated off its flight path.
After the cargo was unloaded, the plane "took off but then deviated from the course and crashed 25 km away from the runway," an official from the Russian Emergencies Ministry told reporters. Reports suggest that in the days following the accident eleven bodies were pulled from the jet by rescuers.
Russia's air force had temporarily grounded all Il-76 aircraft after an engine broke off the wing of a plane whilst it was attempting to takeoff earlier that year. It was reported that the ban was still in place at the time of the accident, and it is not yet clear as to why the jet was used when the model had been grounded.
A special commission of the Russian Interior Ministry was assigned to investigate the cause of the accident.
- Translation of METAR: METAR for Mirny Airport, issued on the 31st of the month at 2330 UTC. Wind direction from 220° (southwest) at 5 MPS, unlimited visibility and ceiling, temperature -24°C, dewpoint -26°C, QNH 1030 hPa, no significant changes expected.
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