38 Years ago today: On 30 August 1983 an Aeroflot Tupolev 134A flew into the slope of a mountain while on approach to Almaty, killing all 90 occupants.
|Date:||Tuesday 30 August 1983|
|Operator:||Aeroflot, Privolzhsk Civil Aviation Directorate|
|Total airframe hrs:||9976|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 83 / Occupants: 83|
|Total:||Fatalities: 90 / Occupants: 90|
|Aircraft fate:||Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||36 km (22.5 mls) from Alma-Ata ( Kazakhstan)|
|Crash site elevation:||1365 m (4478 feet) amsl|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Chelyabinsk Airport (CEK/USCC), Russia|
|Destination airport:||Alma-Ata Airport (ALA/UAAA), Kazakhstan|
Tupolev 134 CCCP-65129 operated on a flight from Kazan to Alma-Ata via Chelyabinsk. Approaching Alma-Ata, the Tu-134 descended prematurely over mountainous terrain. The GPWS alarm sounded for 23 seconds before the crew took action by initiating a climbing left turn. Two seconds later the airplane collided with the slope of Dolan Mountain at an altitude of 690 m above airfield elevation, which is 1365 m above sea level.