UTair Flight 120

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UTAir Flight 120
UTair Aviation ATR-72-201 VP-BYZ.jpg
UTair ATR 72–201 (VP-BYZ) shown departing Vnukovo Airport in 2009
Accident summary
Date 2 April 2012
Summary Lost height on climb-out, impacted ground and burst into flames due to atmospheric icing
Site Tyumen, Russia
57°09′26.4″N 65°16′00″E / 57.157333°N 65.26667°E / 57.157333; 65.26667Coordinates: 57°09′26.4″N 65°16′00″E / 57.157333°N 65.26667°E / 57.157333; 65.26667
Passengers 39
Crew 4
Fatalities 33
Injuries (non-fatal) 10
Survivors 10
Aircraft type ATR 72–201
Operator UTair Aviation
Registration VP-BYZ
Flight origin Roschino International Airport, Tyumen, Russia
Destination Surgut Airport, Surgut, Russia

UTair Flight 120 was a domestic passenger flight from Tyumen to Surgut, Russia.[1] On 2 April 2012, the ATR72-201 operating the flight crashed shortly after take-off from Roschino International Airport, killing 33 of the 43 people on board.[2]

Aircraft[edit]

The accident aircraft was an ATR72-201,[3] manufactured by the French-Italian ATR and registered in Bermuda as VP-BYZ.[4] The aircraft, msn 332, was manufactured in 1992 and first flew on 20 October of that year. It was delivered to TransAsia Airways on 16 December 1992 and subsequently served with Finnair and Aero Airlines before entering service with UTair Aviation in July 2008.[5]

Accident[edit]

UTair Flight 120 is located in Russia
UTair Flight 120
Accident location shown within Russia

The aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from Roschino Airport, Tyumen. The accident occurred at 07:35 local time (01:35 UTC),[4] about 1 nautical mile (2 km) south west of the end of the main runway, near the village of Gorkovka. The crew attempted an emergency landing about one mile from the airport.[6] There were 31 fatalities and 12 survivors from the 43 people on board.[7] One source states that all four flight crew were killed,[4] although another states that the first officer survived. All twelve survivors sustained critical injuries.[6] They were taken to the hospital in Tyumen.[4] The number of victims soon increased to 33 (10 survivors).[8]

UTair had sold 40 tickets for the flight, but a passenger from Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug failed to arrive on time.[9] Nikolay Medvedev, a member of the board of Surgutneftegaz, was among the passengers.[10]

Investigation[edit]

Officials said investigators were focusing on the possibility of a technical malfunction as an eyewitness reported seeing smoke coming from the plane's engines as it came down. The aircraft's flight data recorder was recovered in good condition.[9]

The Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) released their final report on 16 July 2013. They determined the cause of the accident to be that the aircraft departed without having been de-iced, though the crew were aware snow and ice had accumulated, and, as a result, stalled on climb-out. The crew did not realise the aircraft had stalled. The report also identified a number of contributing factors that had to do with the airline's safety and training deficiencies.[6]

In November 2015, the court sentenced mechanic Andrey Pisarev and maintenance manager Anatoly Petrochenko to five years and one month in prison. Captain Sergey Antsin who died in the crash was also found guilty of the accident.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UT120 Flight, UTair, Tyumen to Surgut". www.flightr.net. Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  2. ^ ITAR-TASS NEWS AGENCY.
  3. ^ Тюмень: в спасательных работах задействовано более 230 человек [Tyumen in rescue operations involving over 230 people] (in Russian). NewsProm.ru. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Russian plane crashes in Siberia". BBC News. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "ATR 42/72 – MSN 332 – VP-BYZ". Airfleets. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c Hradecky, Simon (17 July 2012). "Crash: UTAir AT72 near Gorkovka on Apr 2nd 2012, lost height in initial climb". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Plane crash in Siberia kills 31". USA Today. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  8. ^ ITAR-TASS NEWS AGENCY
  9. ^ a b "UTair passenger plane crashes in Siberia, killing 31". BNO News. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  10. ^ http://www.interfax.ru/news.asp?id=238888

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