Date & Time: Sep 1, 2018 at 0257 LT
Type of aircraft:
Boeing 737-800
Operator:
Registration:
VQ-BJI
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Moscow - Sochi
MSN:
29937/1238
YOM:
2002
Flight number:
UT579
Country:
Russia
Region:
Asia
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
164
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Moscow-Vnukovo Airport, the crew started the descent to Sochi-Adler Airport by night and marginal weather conditions. On final to runway 02, at an altitude of 2,300 feet, the crew initiated a go-around after being informed about weather and wind component change. He started a second approach to runway 06 but again, once the altitude of 400 feet was reached on descent, the wind component changed again and the captain decided to make a second go-around manoeuvre. Eleven minutes later, following a third approach (second approach to runway 06), the aircraft landed on runway 06 but was unable to stop within the remaining distance. It overran, went through a perimeter fence and down an embankment. It lost its undercarriage and came to rest in a dry and rocky zone of the Reka Mzymta River. All 170 occupants were evacuated, 18 of them were injured, eight seriously. The aircraft was written off. At the time of the accident, weather conditions were difficult with the presence of a thunderstorm with CB's, low clouds, limited visibility, rain showers and a wind from 060 at 4 knots.