Aeroflot Flight 2230

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Aeroflot Flight 2230
Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-18D at Arlanda, 1971.jpg
An Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-18, similar to the accident aircraft
Accident summary
Date 16 November 1967
Summary Engine fire
Site 2.9 km (1.8 mi) east of Koltsovo Airport
Passengers 99
Crew 8
Fatalities 107 (all)
Aircraft type Ilyushin Il-18V
Operator Aeroflot
Registration CCCP-75538
Flight origin Koltsovo Airport, Yekaterinburg
Destination Tashkent Yuzhny Airport, Tashkent

Aeroflot Flight 2230 was a Soviet domestic passenger flight from Yekaterinburg (then Sverdlovsk) to Tashkent that crashed after takeoff on 16 November 1967, killing all 107 people aboard (including twelve children).[1] The exact cause of the accident remains unknown.[1] At the time it was the deadliest aviation accident in the Russian SFSR and the worst accident involving the Il-18.[2]


The flight was serviced by an Ilyushin Il-18V turboprop airliner, manufactured on 25 March 1964 with a serial number 184007002.[3] The aircraft made its maiden flight and commenced operations in the same year. On the day of the accident it had 5,326 flight hours, or 2,111 flight cycles.[3]


The crew consisted of the pilot in command Yuri Abaturov, co-pilot Nikolai Mikhaylov, navigating officer Anatoly Zagorsky, flight engineer Viktor Ospishchev, radio officer Yuri Yefremov and three air hostesses: Rimma Lombina, Valentina Shashkova and Marina Shvedova.[1]


The aircraft was cleared for takeoff from Koltsovo Airport at 21:02 local time.[1] When an engine caught fire and would not feather, the amount of drag it caused resulted in a sharp right turn whilst climbing at a speed of 340–350 km/h (180–190 kn), at an altitude of 140–150 m (460–490 ft) and began to rapidly descend,[1] impacting, with a horizontal velocity of 440 km/h (240 kn) and a vertical speed of 20 m/s (66 ft/s), in a ploughed field, with a 37-degree right bank.[1][2] The aircraft completely disintegrated, complicating the subsequent accident investigation.[1] There were also fire outbreaks at the crash site.

The investigation proposed two possible causes: a short-time negative thrust due to failure of the far right engine and false readings of the attitude indicators, even though both causes could lead to the disaster only in the presence of other factors.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Катастрофа Ил-18В Уральского УГА в а/п Кольцово (Свердловск) (in Russian). Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Ильюшин Ил-18В Бортовой №: CCCP-75538" (in Russian). Retrieved 20 January 2017.