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Small Crash Kills 4 in Russia

On July 13, 2014, around 18:00 Moscow time, a Yakovlev Yak-18T crashed in Ryazan, Russia six miles from Spassk killing four.

Initially, police reported three dead: the pilot and two passengers.

However the names have been released, and there were four aboard. The report said that a local resident engaged the plane in agricultural work.

The pilot, who owned the plane and was flying, was Edward Rustamyan, born in 1958.

Passengers were Valery Baranov, born in 1968, resident of Ryazan, Karen Harutyunyan, a resident of Ryazan, born in 1981.The third passenger was Armenian, Tigran Adamyan, who arrived in the Ryazan this May.

Plane Crashes at Stevens Point Air Show, Pilot Killed

crashA 1993 YAK-55M single engine plane crashed at Stevens Point Municipal Airport, Portage County, Wisconsin, while performing in an air show just before 12:30 p.m. on June 1.

The single-seater plane especially designed for aerobatics competitions was performing aerial maneuvers during the aerobatics portion of the biennial air show when it crashed into a wooded area close to the airport runway. One of the eye witnesses described the incident saying, “the airplane spiralled toward the ground, looped up, and then crashed into the trees.”

The 47 year old pilot died on the spot. He has been identified as William Cowden, of Menomonie.

All the festivities at the airport were stopped immediately after the plane went down.

Stevens Point police secured the site until officials of the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board arrived to conduct further investigation. Police are asking anyone having video of the incident to contact Detective Sgt. Joe Gruber at (715) 346-1518.

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Yak Crashes Strawberry Field

A Yakovlev Yak-18T owned by Enjoair Clanwilliam and flying out of Stellenbosch Airport in S. Africa crashed, killing the pilot.

The plane suffered engine failure thirty minutes after takeoff.

The pilot lost the engine at around 200′ and tried turning back back. The plane spun into the strawberry field hothouses. The plane impacted and caught on fire. Paramedics found the wreckage on a farm.

Netcare911 and the fire department responded to the scene.

The pilot died on impact.

The accident is under investigation.

Bereg Radosti Air show Crash

During the Bereg Radosti aerial /song show festival in Siberia, a Yakovlev Yak-52 plane crashed, killing a pilot and injuring spectators: a girl born in 1995 and a man born in 1959. The operator was Dosaaf ROSTO.

The plane fell into the Tommot River in the republic of Yakutia while the pilot was trying to perform a loop.

The pilot died on impact. Two spectators were injured out of a crowd of about a hundred. The audience was composed of people from Yakutia, the Amur Region and the Khabarovsk Territory.

The name of the show means Shore of Joy. The accident is being investigated by Aldan police.

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Yak-18 Emergency Landing Underwater

ON AUGUST 11, 2013, a Aero Park “Voskresenka” Samara-operated Yakovlev Yak-18 made an emergency landing at the Volga river. The pilot was the only one aboard and he was unhurt.

Rescue services responding included Main Directorate of MOE Russia in Samara region: 18 people, 6 pieces of equipment; Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations: 7 people and 3 vehicles.

Diving operations were engaged to help retrieve the plane. The cause of the plane’s engine failure has not been determined.

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Smoke Cancels Russian Flight

What: Yakovlev Yak-42
Where: Surgut Airport, Russia
When: Dec 5, 2012
Who: 120 aboard, 113 passengers
Why: Taxi for take-off was aborted when the Yak 42’s cabin filled with smoke.

The captain reported the smoke to ATC, and passengers evacuated safely. No cause for the smoke has been determined.

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Vladimir Puchkov in Emergency Landing in Russia

What: Yak-42 en route to Novosibirsk
Where: Tolmachevo Airport
When: Nov 30, 2012
Who: 38 aboard, no injuries
Why: Vladimir Puchkov’s transportation failed when a Yak-42 lost one of three engines while en route to Novosibirsk. THe engine began to vibrate and was shut down, which is standard procedure.

Pilots made a safe landing at Tolmachevo Airport in Novosibirsk.

Two Die in Russian Flight School Engine Failure

What: Sasovskoye Civil Aviation Flying School Yakovlev YAK-18T
Where: Petelino, Russia
When: Nov 7, 2012
Who: 2 aboard, 2 fatalities
Why: On November 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm, on the Petelino landing pad the Yak-18 RA-44302 Sasovskoye (Sasovo) flight school MTU CR FATA plane was in an accident.

The crew performed accounting and training flights. On board were the pilot/instructor and a third year student. According to preliminary information, the plane suffered an in-flight engine failure. When performing a forced landing the aircraft impacted with the ground. All aboard were killed. The accident is under investigation.

Tragic Crash of Free Club Flight

What: Aeroclub “Aviaservice” Yakovlev Yak-18T
Where: Katunino, Russia
When: Sept 1, 2012
Who: 4 aboard, 4 fatalities
Why: At 4.45 pm Moscow time, the light Yak-18 crashed in the Russian village of Katunino. There were four aboard the plane at the time of the crash.

The plane crashed 300 meters from the runway and caught fire. Firefighters, rescue workers, a team of SMP, the police, the prosecutor’s office were on the scene.

The club holds trials free flights for everyone. This had been one of those free flights. It was the first time 28-year-old businessman Andrei Ershov had ever flown and according to Andrei’s ex-wife, he had been excited over it, and had persuaded his friend Kolodeshnikov Denis to join him.

Death Toll:
Sergei Piganov, 54, pilot,
Korotkov Olga, 29 years old,
Andrei Ershov, 28,
Kolodeshnikov Denis, 29 years.

Two NZ Doctors Lost in Crash of Private Plane

What: Yakovlev Yak-52TW
Where: Feilding, New Zealand
When: Jan 23 2012 10:45 a.m.
Who: 2 fatalities
Why: A plane left Taonui Aerodrome and twenty-five minutes later was engaging in acrobatics,when it flew upside down, made a loop and then crash dived on to the grounds of the Timona Recreational Reserve.

The plane shattered into a mangled mess in the Timona Park area park area. Witnesses heard a single crash. Disaster Victim Identification team is investigating.

The two men in the crash are well known, Dr Ralph Saxe, of Palmerston North, and Dr Brett Ireland, of Queensland. Dr Saxe co-owned the plane that crashed.

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Yak Shut down

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Contact photographer Andrei Mihaila

What: UTAir/Tulpar Airlines Yakovlev Yak-42 en route from Moscow Vnukovo to Volgograd with 57 passengers and 7 crew
When: Dec 10th 2011
Who: 57 passengers and 7 crew
Why: While en route, the Yak developed engine problems in the left engine.

The crew shut down the engine (idled) and made a safe landing in Volgograd.

Last Surviving Hockey Hero Succumbs

Aleksandr Galimov, the last of the Russian Hockey team had been found after the crash standing in the river, tearing off his burning shirt. He survived the crash but died Monday at the burn clinic, five days after the crash.

The plane struggled to gain altitude on takeoff and crashed about a mile from the end of the runway.

The Yak-42 is an aging Soviet-designed narrow-body aircraft, the frequent focus of safety concerns after a series of problems and crashes.

After the last fatal Yak-42 crash crash of this behemoth is blamed on pilot error, it is my opinion that someone is in denial.

Read more … Yak 42 Crashes on Takeoff from Yaroslavl, Hockey Team Wiped Out

Yak 42 Crashes on Takeoff from Yaroslavl, Hockey Team Wiped Out

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Contact photographer Senior

What: Tatarstan Air/ Yak Service Yakovlev Yak-42 en route from Yaroslavl Russia to Minsk Belarus
Where: Yaroslavl
When: Sep 7th 2011, 16:05
Who: 37 passengers (including the Lokomotiv Yaroslav Hockey Team) 8 crew
Why: The flight took off from Yaroslavl but failed to climb, and struck an antenna outside of the airport, then struck the ground. Tunoshna ATC and other witnesses saw the flight roll (list) left and impact the ground.

Five fire brigades and a group of psychologists are on the scene.

Visibility was above 50km and it was partly cloudy according to local radar.

The plane is broken in two, the fuselage in the Volga river and the tail of the plane on the bank, a thousand feet from the airport. Reports are that the plane hit an antenna and Russian media quoted a flight traffic controller saying that the pilot failed to gain adequate height on takeoff.

Two passengers, flight engineer and the Russian player Alexander Galimov have been hospitalized with severe burns to 90% of their bodies. A third (unnamed) individual also has been hospitalized. Currently all bodies have been recovered. 103 rescue personnel were on hand, and 44 machines, including TSEPP aircraft.

The team was heading to Minsk, the capital of Belarus, where it was to play Thursday against Dinamo Minsk.

The charter flight was operated by Yak-Service Airlines, a Tatarstan Air plane. According to Russian FAA press officer, the plane “went through cursory maintenance service before departure to Yaroslavl and fully complied with all safety standards. The plane was built in 1993 and was certified airworthy until October 1.”

There has been discussion whether RA-42433 or RA-42434 was involved.

* updated: 44 fatalities reported
The Russian Hotline: : 8 (495) 626-37-07


Flight crew
Andrei Solomentsev — pilot
Igor Zhivelov — copilot
Nadezhda Maksumova — flight attendant
Vladimir Matyushin — flight engineer
Elena Sarmatova — flight attendant
Elena Shavina — flight attendant
Sergey Zhuravlev — mechanic
Alexander Sizov — flight engineer – survived[21]

Defenceman Vitaly Anikeyenko, 24 (Ukraine)
Defenceman Mikhail Balandin, 31 (Russia)
Centre Gennady Churilov, 24 (Russia)
Centre Pavol Demitra, 36 (Slovakia)[12]
Defenceman Robert Dietrich, 25 (Germany)
Right winger Alexander Galimov, 26 (Russia) – survived[13] [14]
Defenceman Marat Kalimulin, 23 (Russia)
Right wing Alexander Kalyanin, 23 (Russia)
Right wing Andrei Kiryukhin, 24 (Russia)
Centre Nikita Klyukin, 21 (Russia)
Goaltender Stefan Liv, 30 (Sweden)[15]
Centre Jan Marek, 31 (Czech Republic)[15]
Left wing Sergei Ostapchuk, 21 (Belarus)
Defenceman Karel Rach?nek, 32 (Czech Republic)[15]
Defenseman Ruslan Salei, 36 (Belarus)[16]
Defenceman Maxim Shuvalov, 18 (Russia)
Defenceman K?rlis Skrasti?š, 37 (Latvia)[17]
Forward Pavel Snurnitsyn, 19 (Russia)
Centre Daniil Sobchenko, 20 (Ukraine)
Left wing Ivan Tkachenko, 31 (Russia)
Defender Pavel Trakhanov, 33 (Russia)
Defenceman Yuri Urychev, 20 (Russia)
Centre Josef Vaší?ek, 30 (Czech Republic)[15]
Left winger Alexander Vasyunov, 23 (Russia)[18]
Goaltender Alexander Vyukhin, 38 (Ukraine)
Left wing Artem Yarchuk, 21 (Russia)

Team staff
Head coach Brad McCrimmon, 52 (Canada)[19] (1989 Stanley Cup champion)
Assistant coach Alexander Karpovtsev, 41 (Russia)[20] (1994 Stanley Cup champion)
Assistant coach Igor Korolev, 41 (Russia)[20]
Yuri Bakhvalov, video operator
Aleksandr Belyayev, equipment manager/massage therapist
Nikolai Krivonosov, fitness coach
Yevgeni Kunnov, massage therapist
Vyacheslav Kuznetsov, massage therapist
Vladimir Piskunov, administrator
Yevgeni Sidorov, coach-analyst
Andrei Zimin, team doctor

The Russian Emergencies Ministry sent out the following letter (loosely translated)

Russian Emergencies Ministry Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Relief www.mchs.gov.ru

The collapse of the Yak-42 in the Yaroslavl region RE: the fall occurred 07.09.2011g 5.16 Yak-42 (to fire) in the locality Tunosha Yaroslavl region Yaroslavl region (2.5 km northwest of the airport Tunosha) follow the route of “Yaroslavl-Minsk”.

According to preliminary data, on board were 45 people, 37 passengers and 8 crew members. Emergency rescuers recovered the two male survivors. They were taken to the hospital. The accident attracted 103 people and 44 units of machinery, including the Russian Emergencies Ministry – 64 men and 17 units.

Psychologists Main Directorate of Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia in the Yaroslavl region, the group TSEPP Russian Emergencies Ministry sent aircraft, an additional leave of two psychologists from Moscow. Conducted on-site rescue activities. Water extracted from the body 26. Center for emergency psychological care Russian Emergencies Ministry opened a telephone hot the Emergencies Ministry of Russia:
8 (495) 626-37-07

The operator of the jet in question has been under scrutiny over failing to pass safety standards from Russian and European regulators.

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Runway Overrun at Vnukovo

What: Gazpromavia Yakovlev Yak-42 en route from Gelendzik to Moscow Vnukovo
Where: Moscow
When: May 14th 2011
Who: flight crew only
Why: On landing at Vnukovo, the plane overran the runway, with no resultant damage or injury.

Apparently the plane landed long and then hydroplaned, according to witnesses. The runway was temporarily closed to deal with the disruption.

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Russian Yak Sustains Damage

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Contact photographer Dmitry Belov

What: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Aviation Enterprise Yakovlev Yak-40 en route from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Ossora
Where: Russia
When: Apr 16th 2011
Who: 21 passengers 5 crew
Why: Due to bad weather, the pilots rerouted to Ust-Kamchatsk.

On landing, they overran the runway by 300 meters into heavy snow. The right wing sustained damage, (photos of the plane show it leaning on that wing), but no passengers were injured.

Weather conditions in Ust-Kamchatsk may not have been much better than Ossora–

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Siberia: YAK-42 overrun Damages Wing

What: Gazpromavia Yakovlev YAK-42 en route from Ufa, Bashkortostan to Novy Russia
Where: Novy Urengoy, Siberia
When: Nov 15th 2010
Who: 96 passengers
Why: On landing in snow, the plane overran the runway. There was some damage to the left wing but no one was injured.

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Russia: Yakovlev Engine Failure

Pictured: A Tulpar Air Yakovlev Yak-42D in Dusseldorf Germany
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Contact photographer Sven Waerder

What: Tulpar Air Yakovlev Yak-42 en route from Kazan to Moscow
Where: Kazan
When: Nov 12th 2010
Who: 41 passengers
Why: Not long after take off, one of the engines had to be shut down. The pilot returned to Kazan where the plane made a safe landing. A replacement plane was provided for the passengers. This charter flight was to transport a soccer team, but they had to wait for the replacement jet.

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Grozny Grounded by Bomb Threat

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Contact photographer Alexander Nikolaev

What: Grozny Avia Yakovlev Yak-42 en route from Moscow to Grozny
Where: Volgograd Russia
When: Oct 3 2010
Who: 73 passengers
Why: Several minutes after takeoff, an anonymous call from Belarus to the Vnukovo airport raised a bomb alert that forced the emergency landing of the flight in Volgograd.

Passengers disembarked and the plane has been isolated for examination.

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Tragic Yakovlev Yak-52 Crash Kills 2

Pictured: A Bacau Yak-52 Click to view full size photo at Airliners.net
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What: DOSAAF Yakovlev Yak-52
Where: Yalutorovsk Russia
When: June 7 2010
Who: pilot and passenger.
Why: A plane belonging to the “DOSAAF” flight club crashed during a training exercise. After impact, the plane caught on fire. Both individuals aboard incurred fatal injuries. No other details have been released.

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Yak Field Landing

Pictured: Yakovlev Yak-18T
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Contact photographer George Canciani

What: Restored Yak 18T en route to Kingaroy
Where: Crows Nest, Australia
When: December 3, 2009
Who: PILOT Neil Dunn, 56, and 13 year old passenger
Why: The pilot encountered engine trouble at 10.45am. The bush area (north) that was in their flight plan would have had nowhere to land.

Referring to the electrical wires Dunn had to dodge to make the emergency landing in his paddock, the amazed farmer said, “I don’t know how they’re not dead.”

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Yak Crashes in Justin Texas

yak40 pictured
What: (initially reported as YAK-18A) two-seater Nanchang CJ-6 (Note: according to Wikipedia. Nanchang CJ-6 is the Chinese version of a Russian YAK)
Where: near the north end of the Propwash Airport JUSTIN, TX
When: 1/03/2009
Who: Two fatalities. Pilot Forrest Johnson and passenger Larry Cotton
Why: The aircraft was making the final turn on landing approach and crashed. The NTSB is investigating the circumstances of the crash

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Yak 52 Crashes; pilot and passenger lost

What: Russian-built Yak-52 stunt plane flying from Archerfield Airport on Brisbane’s southside
Where: off South Stradbroke Island, Jumpinpin Australia in south-east Queensland. Wreckage was found after a significant search in about 20 metres of water
When: Sunday Aug 31 12.30pm AEST
Who: veteran pilot Barry Hempel and 20 year old passenger. The pilot and passenger are missing.
Why: no reasons listed; crash is under investigation

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Aeroflot Flight 528

Aeroflot Flight 528 was a Yakovlev 40 that crashed on June 19, 1987 while flying from Odessa to Berdyansk with five crew and twenty-four passengers. In the crash, 2 crew died and 6 passengers. The aircraft approached with a tailwind. in heavy rain. A go-around was aborted. The plane overran the runway, struck obstacles and caught fire. Among the multiple causes of the crash was the decision to land at Berdyansk in bad weather and poor visibility. Poor human resource management at the control tower and lack of data from the weather station were contributing factors

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