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
Date16 November 1967 (1967-11-16)
Summaryelectrical failure
Site2.9 km (1.8 mi) east of Koltsovo Airport
Aircraft typeIlyushin Il-18V
Flight originKoltsovo Airport, Yekaterinburg
DestinationTashkent Yuzhny Airport, Tashkent

Aeroflot Flight 2230 was a Soviet domestic passenger flight from Yekaterinburg (then Sverdlovsk) to Tashkent. On 16 November 1967, the Ilyushin Il-18 aircraft serving the flight crashed after takeoff, killing all 107 people aboard (including twelve children).[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 and radio officer Yuri Yefremov.[1]


The aircraft was cleared for takeoff from Koltsovo Airport at 21:02 local time.[1] When an engine caught fire and its propeller would not feather, the amount of drag it caused resulted in a sharp right turn while 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] striking the ground, 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 said that the crash resulted form a wrong indication of the main artificial horizons and the compass system due to an electrical failure and that the flight crew was unable to determine the correct altitude.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f 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.
  4. ^ Gero, David (1996). Aviation Disasters Second Edition. Patrick Stephens Limited. p. 79.