Friday, 23th of December, 2005
Azerbaijan Airlines Flight 217, an international scheduled passenger flight from Baku-Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD/UBBB), Azerbaijan, to Aktau Airport (SCO/UATE), Kazakhstan, operated with an Antonov An-140-100, registration 4K-AZ48, was destroyed when it crashed into the Caspian Sea near Nardaran, Azerbaijan.
The five crew and eighteen passengers perished. (23 fatalities)
The crash of Flight 217 is the seventh deadliest crash on Azerbaijanian soil. It is also the third deadliest crash involving the Antonov An-140-100.
Flight 217 took off from Baku on a flight to Aktau, Kazakhstan. Some five minutes after the night-time departure, while heading over the Caspian Sea, the crew reported a systems failure. The crew lost spatial orientation and the aircraft entered a steep right downward spiral and crashed on the shore of the Caspian Sea.
It appeared that the aircraft took off with caged gyro horizons. This was a malfunction due to the fact that some counterfeit components had been installed during production.