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Flight safety18.03.2014 15:55

This tragic accident occurred on December 6th 1997.

 

Antonov An-124

 

Antonov An-124

 

Antonov An-124, known as “Ruslan” carried out flight Moscow – Irkutsk – Vladivostok – Vietnam.

Aircraft transported 2 military aircraft.

1 minute 20 seconds after take-off, crew reported about two engines failure and that they are trying to restart one engine. Than communication was lost.

Houses with thousands of people were ahead of the aircraft. Pilots did their best to turn An-124 away from houses and tried to land on the wide street.

Unfortunately, due to slow speed Ruslan stalled. Aircraft destroyed 6 houses and kindergarten This caused the fire and 2 little girls died from suffocation.

 

Consequences of accident at Irkutsk

 

Consequences of accident at Irkutsk

 

140 tons of fuel was onboard. Fuel ignited after the impact.

Investigators reported that 60 tons of fuel were intended for warm season, because aircraft flew to Vietnam.

There were 3 times less anti-icing components less, than required.

2.5 Days An124 was on the ground with empty tanks. Water in fuel turned frozen and ice crystals blocked fuel filter that resulted in engines failure.

71 people died in this accident.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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