Aeroflot Flight 2003
An Aeroflot Tu-124, similar to the accident aircraft
|Date||3 January 1976|
|Site||Vnukovo International Airport, Moscow, Russia|
|Fatalities||62 (all on board, plus one on ground)|
|Aircraft type||Tupolev Tu-124V|
|Operator||Aeroflot, North Kavkaz Civil Aviation Directorate|
|Flight origin||Vnukovo International Airport (VKO/UUWW)|
|Stopover||Minsk-1 International Airport (MHP/UMMM)|
|Destination||Brest Airport (BQT/UMBB)|
Aeroflot Flight 2003 was operated on 3 January 1976 by a Tupolev Tu-124, registration CCCP-45037, when it crashed 7 km after take-off from Moscow–Vnukovo Airport (VKO/UUWW), on a domestic flight to Minsk-1 International Airport (MHP/UMMM), and Brest Airport (BQT/UMBB), Belarus. The crash killed all sixty-one on board and one in a house on the ground.
Description of the accident
The aircraft was on initial climb-out following take-off; as it entered clouds both artificial horizons failed, so the crew had no visual reference. The aircraft banked to the left, dived and crashed into a house 7 km from Vnukovo International Airport.