Date & Time: Dec 30, 1991
Type of aircraft:
Yakovlev Yak-40
Operator:
Registration:
CCCP-87521
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
9 52 03 41
YOM:
1975
Country:
Russia
Region:
Asia
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
21
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On take-off from Velsk (Arkhangelsk region) in poor weather (blowing snow and cross wind) with the MTOW exceeded by 535 kg when lifted off at low speed, the right wing touched the ground due to pilot error and the aircraft collided with a tree and with an embankment and caught fire. 3 out of 4 crew and 8 out of 21 passengers injured.
Probable cause:
Wrong take off configuration and MTOW exceeded.