Plane crash AN-24 in the Gulf. 1991
Plane crash AN-24 in the Gulf. 1991

Plane crash-24 An ACF Flying in the Gulf

  • Date plane crash: 26.09.1991, the

  • Country of the crash: the USSR

  • Location of the crash: Leningrad region, near St. Petersburg

  • aircraft Brand: An-24

  • Registration of aircraft: CCCP46724

  • Name of air carrier: ACF Flight

Chronology of events:

The crew performed a cargo booking flight with a load of components and televisions. Takeoff was held at Pulkovo Airport at night in difficult weather conditions (low clouds, haze). The crew after take-off at an altitude of 200 m began to execute a right turn with a climb to 1500 m per course, which is reversed to the landing. Turning to the right at 90 degrees, the crew stopped further turn, started to turn left and went to the Gulf of Finland, where it moved from a height of 860 m into a deep spiral and hit the water surface at a distance of 150 m from the shore in the south of St. Petersburg After 5 minutes after take-off. The engines operated until the collapse of the water.

Plane crash AN-24 in the Gulf. 1991

Data on victims:

  • Total on board were people 10: 3 7 crew members and passengers. Total killed 10 people: crew 3, 7 passengers.

Details of the crash:

  • Phase of flight: climb

  • Identified causes of the crash: the causes are unknown

Data on the plane:

  • aircraft Brand: An-24

  • Aircraft ID: CCCP46724

  • Country where registered aircraft: the USSR

  • Date of manufacture of the aircraft: 31.05.1963

  • Serial number of the aircraft :: 37300304

Flight data:

  • Tour type: Truck

  • Aviation Company: ACF Flight

  • The country, which was registered aviation company: USSR

  • Flying from: St. Petersburg (Pulkovo)

  • Flying in: Voronezh (Chertovitskoe)

  • Original item: St. Petersburg (Pulkovo)

  • A final point: Voronezh (Chertovitskoe)


The findings, which investigated plane crash

Conclusion: According to the results of the investigation, the cause of the crash was unequivocally impossible to establish due to the lack of reliable information. 

Possible factors that led to the emergence and development of the accident could be:

- Thermal or mechanical damage in the nature of a circuit wiring navigational flight instruments, which led to the possibility of distortion of evidence exchange system and the artificial horizon;

- The loss of the crew of the space orientation in adverse weather conditions in flight as a result of failures of navigational flight instruments at the likely difficulty in their transition and recognition to pilot on-good indicators of the course and roll.

Additional information:

Plane crash AN-24 in the Gulf. 1991

Information about the crew:

  • KBC Vladimir Leonidovich Prokshits

  • the co-pilot Alexander Studenikin

  • mechanic Stanislav Tinkoff