Aeroflot Flight 2003

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Aeroflot Flight 2003
Aeroflot Tupolev Tu-124 at Arlanda, April 1966.jpg
An Aeroflot Tu-124, similar to the accident aircraft
Accident summary
Date 3 January 1976
Summary Instrument failure
Site Vnukovo International Airport, Moscow, Russia
Passengers 56
Crew 5
Fatalities 62 (all on board, plus one on ground)
Injuries (non-fatal) 0
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Tupolev Tu-124V
Operator Aeroflot, North Kavkaz Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration CCCP-45037
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.[1][2]

Description of the accident[edit]

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.[3][4]

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