Aeroflot Flight 3603

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Aeroflot Flight 3603
Tupolev Tu-154M, Aeroflot JP5848585.jpg
An Aeroflot Tupolev Tu-154 similar to the aircraft crash
Accident summary
Date 17 November 1981 (1981-11-17)
Summary CFIT, crew error
Site Noril'sk, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
Passengers 160
Crew 7
Fatalities 99
Survivors 68
Aircraft type Tupolev Tu-154
Operator Aeroflot
Registration CCCP-85480
Flight origin Krasnoyarsk Airport
Destination Noril'sk Airport

Aeroflot Flight 3603 was a Tupolev Tu-154 operating a scheduled domestic passenger flight from Krasnoyarsk to Noril'sk, both in the Soviet Union, that crashed while attempting to land on 17 November 1981. Of the 167 passengers and crew on board, 99 were killed in the accident.[1]


It was dark and there was a low overcast with a cloud base of around 400 feet when the Tupolev Tu-154 began its approach to Noril'sk Airport. The aircraft was about 5,000 pounds above its calculated weight and its center of gravity was beyond the forward limit for the type. The nose heavy condition caused Flight 3603 to descend through the glide path as it made its final approach. Flight 3603's captain initiated a go-around maneuver but the jetliner struck a mound approximately 1,500 feet short of the runway.[2] Four crew members plus 95 passengers were killed in the accident.[3]


  1. ^ Aeroflot Flight 3603.
  2. ^ Gero, David (1996). Aviation Disasters Second Edition. Patrick Stephens Limited. p. 167. 
  3. ^ Tupolev 154B-2 CCCP-85480 Noril'sk Airport. Aviation Safety Network

Coordinates: 69°17′38″N 87°18′03″E / 69.2938°N 87.3007°E / 69.2938; 87.3007