Date & Time: Nov 27, 1996 at 2354 LT
Type of aircraft:
Ilyushin II-76
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-78804
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Cargo
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Chkalovsky – Abakan – Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
MSN:
00934 92778
YOM:
1989
Country:
Russia
Region:
Asia
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
10
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
13
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
23
Circumstances:
Few minutes after a night take off from Abakan Airport, while climbing, the aircraft collided with a mountain located 13,4 km from the airfield. The aircraft was totally destroyed upon impact and all 23 occupants were killed.
Causes:
It appears the manifest was not reflecting the truth as it was mentioned a total weight of 30 tons, an incorrect value. The crew was performing a flight from Chkalovsky to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky with an intermediate stop in Abakan to refuel. Because the total weight was substantially above the MTOW, the climb gradient was insufficient, resulting in a collision with a mountain that the crew was unable to locate due to the low visibility caused by night.