Date & Time: Jul 3, 1957 at 0622 LT
Type of aircraft:
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Ashgabat – Krasnovodsk – Baku – Mineralnye Vody – Krasnodar – Simferopol
184 345 10
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Aircraft flight hours:
On the leg from Mineralnye Vody to Krasnodar, the crew encountered poor weather conditions with limited visibility. The aircraft struck trees on a distance of 80 meters then stalled and crashed in flames on a plateau located on the Mt Strizhament, about 30 km south of Stravropol. The aircraft was totally destroyed and eight passengers were killed, the other five occupants were injured.
Error on part of the crew who failed to follow the assigned altitude as mentioned on the flight plan. Poor weather conditions, poor flight preparation and lack of assistance on part of the ATC were considered as contributing factors.