Aeroflot Flight 6502

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Aeroflot Flight 6502
Aeroflot Tu-134A CCCP-65862 LFSB 1975-12-28.png
An Aeroflot Tu-134A, similar to that involved in the accident.
Accident summary
Date 20 October 1986 (1986-10-20)
Summary Pilot recklessness
Site Kuibyshev Airport
Passengers 87
Crew 7
Fatalities 70
Survivors 24
Aircraft type Tupolev Tu-134A
Operator Aeroflot
Registration CCCP-65766
Flight origin Koltsovo Airport
Stopover Kuibyshev Airport
Destination Grozny Airport

Aeroflot Flight 6502 was a Soviet domestic passenger flight from Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg) to Grozny, which crashed on 20 October 1986 due to bad pilot airmanship, killing seventy of the ninety-four passengers and crew on board.

Background[edit]

The crew of the Tu-134A aircraft, serial number 62327 manufactured on 28 June 1979, consisted of pilot in command Alexander Kliuyev, co-pilot Gennady Zhirnov, navigating officer Ivan Mokhonko, flight engineer Kyuri Khamzatov and three flight attendants.[1] Having departed from Koltsovo Airport in Yekaterinburg (then Sverdlovsk) and bound for Grozny, Flight 6502 had one stopover in Kurumoch Airport of Samara (then Kuibyshev).

Crash[edit]

While approaching Kurumoch Airport, Kliuyev made a bet with Zhirnov that he, Kliuyev, could make an instrument-only approach with curtained cockpit windows, thus having no visual contact with the ground, instead of NDB approach, suggested by the air traffic control.[1] Kliuyev further ignored the ground proximity warning at an altitude of 62–65 metres (203–213 ft) and did not make the suggested go-around.[1] The aircraft touched down at a speed of 280 kilometres per hour (170 mph)[1] and came to rest upside down. Sixty-three people died during the accident and seven more in hospitals later.[1] Among the passengers were fourteen children, all of whom survived the accident.[2] The top secret report of the Chairman of Kuibyshev oblispolkom V.A. Pogodin to the Premier of the Soviet Union Nikolai Ryzhkov gave slightly different figures: 85 passengers and 8 crew members aboard, 53 passengers and five crew members died in the crash and 11 more in hospital later.[2]

Even though Zhirnov made no attempt to avert the crash, he subsequently tried to save the passengers and died of cardiac arrest en route to hospital.[3] Kliuyev was prosecuted and sentenced to fifteen years in prison, later reduced to six years served.[4][unreliable source?][3]

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