Date & Time: Feb 13, 2013 at 1809 LT
Type of aircraft:
Antonov AN-24
Operator:
Registration:
UR-WRA
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Odessa - Donetsk
MSN:
37308709
YOM:
1973
Flight number:
YG8971
Country:
Ukraine
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
44
Pax fatalities:
5
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
5
Captain / Total flying hours:
3245
Copilot / Total flying hours:
175
Circumstances:
On final approach to Donetsk-Sergei Prokofiev Airport, during last segment, aircraft banked right to a 48° bank angle. Right wing hit the ground and aircraft overturned before coming to rest upside down in a field on the left of runway 08. Five passengers were killed while the aircraft was destroyed. It was performing a charter flight from Odessa with 44 football fans on their way to a match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Dortmund. At the time of the accident, visibility was poor due to night and foggy conditions. Visibility 250 metres, RVR runway 08 750 metres, vertical visibility 200 feet.
Probable cause:
It was planned that an instructor should perform the flight with the crew but he did not show up, so captain decided to start the mission without him. On final approach to Donetsk, visibility was reduced and the captain was authorized to descent until 1,000 feet on approach where he should establish a visual contact with runway 08 or the approach lights. At this decision height, he continued the approach without any calls to the rest of the crew despite he did not establish visual contact with runway. During last segment, aircraft banked right due to a too low approach speed (103 knots) and crashed. Crew did not monitor correctly the approach speed and the captain decided to continue the approach despite he was below minimums. At the decision height, he should abandon the approach for a go around procedure.