Date & Time: Aug 19, 1996 at 0316 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Yekaterinburg - Belgrade - Valetta
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
On the leg from Belgrade to Luqa of a flight from Yekaterinburg to Africa, crew forgot to switch on the VU-6A AC/DC converter after start-up of the engines so that the 27 V electrical system continued to be fed from the batteries. When the batteries ran flat, all avionics and boosters were left without power. Crew made several attempts to conduct an emergency landing at Belgrade, but due to night and difficult weather conditions, the odds were against them and the aircraft crashed in a field 800 metres from the runway. All 12 occupants were killed.