Katekavia Flight 9357
The crash site of RA-46524
|Date||3 August 2010|
|Summary||Controlled flight into terrain caused by pilot error|
|Aircraft type||Antonov An-24|
|Flight origin||Krasnoyarsk Cheremshanka Airport, Krasnoyarsk, Russia|
|Destination||Igarka Airport, Igarka, Russia|
Katekavia Flight 9357 was a domestic flight operating from Krasnoyarsk to Igarka in Russia that crashed in the early hours of 3 August 2010, killing twelve out of the fifteen people on board the aircraft.
The aircraft crashed while on final approach for a landing at Igarka Airport, around 700 metres (2,300 ft) short of the runway. Conditions at the time of the crash were reported to be raining, with light clouds and thunderstorms in the area. The crash occurred at around 01:40 local time (17:40 UTC, 2 August). A government agency, the Federal Air Transport Agency, said that "the plane veered to the right of its landing course and collided with the ground in front of the runway."
Ten of the passengers and one crew member on board the plane died in the crash, while three of the crew members and one passenger survived, the passenger later died at the hospital of sustained injuries on 3 August 2010, bringing the death toll to twelve. The other three survivors sustained only minor injuries. The three survivors were the pilot, the co-pilot, and the flight engineer. Originally, all on board were said to have died; subsequent reports said seven people died before a death toll of eleven and later twelve was established.
Soon after the crash, a fire at the site was extinguished, allowing for a search for the aircraft's black boxes. An investigation was also begun shortly after the incident. Both the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and the flight data recorder (FDR) were recovered, although the CVR contained only data from the first 80 minutes of the 90-minute flight. The FDR contained a complete record of the flight, however.
As a result of the crash, a government investigation to the operating practices of Katekavia was begun.
The final report into the accident was released in October 2010, concluding that the cause of the crash was attempting the landing approach in conditions worse than the meteorological minima of the airfield, the aircraft, and the commander. The crew failed to make a timely decision to go-around. They descended below the established minimum safe altitude in the absence of reliable visual contact with runway or approach lights, which led to a collision of the aircraft with trees and terrain. The MAK commented that had the recommendations following the crash of UTair Flight 471 been implemented, the accident may have been prevented. A total of 19 safety recommendations were made.
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- "3 августа 2010 года потерпел крушение пассажирский самолет Ан-24 авиакомпании «КАТЭКАВИА»." – Katekavia (Russian)
- Final report (Russian)