Plane crash of AN-10A near Kharkov. 1972
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Plane crash of AN-10A near Kharkov. 1972

Plane crash 10A Ukrainian An-CAA in the Kharkov region

  • Date of the crash: 18.05.1972, the
  • The time of the crash: 11: 53
  • Country of the crash: the USSR
  • Place the crash: Ukrainian SSR, Kharkov region, near the village of Russian Lozovaya
  • Type of aircraft: An-10A
  • Registration of aircraft: CCCP11215
  • Name of air carrier Aeroflot (USSR)
  • Division: Ukrainian CAA of Kharkiv
  • Flight: 1491 

Chronology of events: Plane in a disorderly fall switched from MK = 146 degrees, which corresponds to the repetition rate of the third turn with Mkpos = 263 degree. The wreckage was scattered on the territory of 765h2160 m. The fuselage crashed into the ground at an angle 60-70 degrees. Weather: cumulus clouds 3-4 points, the upper limit of 2000-2500 m, height 1500-2000 m visibility 10 km, quiet, weak turbulence below 2500 m, t = + 27 ° C.

Data on victims:

  • Total on board were people 122: 7 115 crew members and passengers. Total killed 122 people: crew 7, 115 passengers.
Details of the crash:
  • A flight stage: reduction
  • Identify the causes of the crash: the shortcomings in the design, equipment failure
Data on the plane:
  • aircraft Brand: An-10A
  • Aircraft ID: CCCP-11215
  • Country where registered aircraft: the USSR
  • Date of manufacture of the aircraft: 03.02.1961
  • Serial number of the aircraft: 0402502
  • Hours aircraft: 15485
  • The cycles of use of the aircraft: 11106
  • Engines: N2314052 N2214020 S2314190 N2234148
Flight data:
  • Flight: 1491
  • Tour type: Regular passenger
  • The aviation company Aeroflot (USSR)
  • Division: Ukrainian CAA of Kharkiv
  • The country, which was registered aviation company: USSR
  • I flew from Moscow (Vnukovo)
  • Flying in: Kharkov
  • Original item: Moscow (Vnukovo)
  • A final point: Kharkov

Additional information:

Information about the crew:
  • KBC Vladimir Afanasievich Vasiltsov
  • the co-pilot Andrei Yefimovich Burkovsky
  • navigator Alexander Stefanovich Hryshko
  • mechanic Vladimir Sergeyevich Shchekin
  • radio operator Konstantin Peresechansky
  • flight attendants
  • Lydia Sidorovna Danshina 
  • Lyudmila Demyanovna Kuleshov 
  • accompanies the Ministry of Interior Ivan L. Medveduk

I was ten years old when my father and I flew this board, along the same route and with the same crew exactly nine days before that terrible tragedy: 09.05.1972
I do not remember much, many years have passed. It seems that our places were just at the level of the right wing, which was visible in the porthole.
As my father later told me, during the flight one of the stewardess, going into the salon, said in a cheerful voice: "Dear passengers, who wants to buy a lucky lottery ticket at an altitude of ten thousand meters?" Then she began to move along the aisle between the seats.
I was so childish that I bought at such a huge height that the ticket could not be unhappy, that I asked my father to give me money. While my father took out his purse, the stewardess had already passed us by, I caught up with her, held out a trifle, took a ticket, apparently all expressing happiness, the ticket is happy. She smiled and stroked my head, - so my father later told me.

And if you think about it, the ticket was really happy, we landed unharmed.
Sorry, I did not save it, sentimentality comes to a person much later.

Blessed memory of all those who died in that terrible catastrophe!

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