Aeroflot Flight 8381

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Aeroflot Flight 8381
Date3 May 1985
SummaryMid-air collision
involving ATC errors
Sitenear Zolochiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Total fatalities94
Total survivors0
First aircraft
Aeroflot Tu-134A CCCP-65972 3.jpg
A Tu-134 similar to the one that crashed
TypeTupolev Tu-134
Flight originTallinn Airport, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union
StopoverLviv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
DestinationChişinău, Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union
Second aircraft
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Enterprise Antonov An-26B-100.jpg
An Antonov An-26 similar to the one that crashed.
TypeAntonov An-26
OperatorSoviet Air Force
RegistrationSSSR-26492 (101 red)

Aeroflot Flight 8381 was a scheduled flight of a twin-engine Tupolev Tu-134 that departed Tallinn Airport in Estonian SSR, Soviet Union, at 10:38 am on 3 May 1985, for Chişinău in Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union making a stopover at Lviv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. While descending to Lviv in overcast weather, it collided at 12:13 with a Soviet Air Force Antonov An-26 (callsign SSSR-26492, Russian: СССР-26492) that had just taken off from Lviv. The collision occurred at an altitude of 13,000 feet (4,000 m) (flight level 130). Both aircraft lost their right wings and tails, went out of control and crashed about one or two minutes later near the village of Zolochiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union, killing all 94 people on both aircraft.[1][2]

Civil and military air traffic controllers mislocated both aircraft involved, leading to violations of air traffic control rules. Among the victims of the disaster were graphics artist Alexander Aksinin, the young Estonian table-tennis player Alari Lindmäe (born 15 September 1967) and two generals of the Soviet Army. The captain of the Aeroflot aircraft, Nikolai Dmitrijev (born 18 October 1931), was a Hero of Socialist Labor and one of the Soviet Union's most decorated civil airline pilots.[3]


  1. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev 134A CCCP-65856 Zolochiv". Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Столкновение Ту-134А Эстонского УГА с Ан-26 ВВС в районе г.Золочев". Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Катастрофа Ту-134А СССР-65856 Аэрофлот МГА СССР 03.05.1985". Retrieved 18 December 2017.

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Coordinates: 49°50′26.86″N 24°51′52.39″E / 49.8407944°N 24.8645528°E / 49.8407944; 24.8645528