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Vladivostok Air Flight 352

Vladivostok Air Flight 352
A Vladivostok Air Tupolev Tu-154M similar to the one involved.
Accident summary
Date 4 July 2001 (2001-07-04)
Summary Pilot error
Site Budarovka, Irkutsk Oblast, Russia
Passengers 136
Crew 9
Fatalities 145 (all)
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Tupolev Tu-154M
Operator Vladivostok Air
Registration RA-85845
Flight origin Koltsovo International Airport, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia
Stopover Irkutsk International Airport, Irkutsk Oblast, Russia
Destination Vladivostok International Airport, Primorsky Krai, Russia

Vladivostok Air Flight 352 was a scheduled passenger flight from Yekaterinburg, Russia to Vladivostok via Irkutsk which, on 4 July 2001 lost control and crashed while approaching Irkutsk Airport. A total of 136 passengers and 9 flight crew members perished in the accident, making it the third deadliest aircraft crash over Russian territory to date after Aeroflot Flight 3352 and Aeroflot Flight 217.[1]

The Tupolev Tu-154M was on approach for Irkutsk, when the pilots lowered the landing gear, the co-pilot realized that the plane was banking. The Tu-154 was at a 45-degree angle, and the nose was starting to drop. The co-pilot reacted by violently pulling back on the control column. The aircraft's nose rose sharply, causing an immediate stall. The plane's proximity to the ground did not allow sufficient room for the pilots to recover, and the aircraft impacted the ground, killing all 145 people on board.


  1. ^ Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 28 May 2008.

External links

  • "Russians search for plane crash clues." BBC. Wednesday 4 July 2001.
  • Cockpit Voice Recorder transcript and accident summary

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