Flight of Iljuschin Il-14 СССР-61618 of the Aeroflot - Flugunfall der Iljuschin Il-14 СССР-61618 der Aeroflot
Plane and crew
The aircraft was an Ilyushin Il-14 P ( aircraft registration number : СССР-61618, serial number : 602108), which had completed 12,368 flight hours and 11,356 flight cycles from its first use in 1957 until the accident.
All times in Moscow time (MSK) indicated
The aircraft took off from Magadan at 1:45 a.m. and rose to an altitude of 3,600 m. At 3:47 a.m., the pilots between Ust-Chairjusowo and Sobolewo reported the failure of the right engine and that they had brought its propeller into the sail position . Another 15 minutes later, they reported an altitude of 3,300 m, as the remaining engine could not maintain the altitude. The captain was advised to make an emergency landing at Sobolewo airport . Upon contact with the airport, he learned that the runway was covered in snow. A landing would only be with the landing gear retractedwas possible and the captain decided to continue the flight to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. When the aircraft sank to 2,900 m and thus below the safety altitude of 3,100 m, the pilots were instructed to land at Ust-Bolsheetsk Airport. The situation there was the same as in Sobolewo and the captain decided to continue the flight again. The aircraft then went off course by 25–30 km and sank to 2,700 m. The captain mistakenly assumed that this height would be sufficient to reach Mount Yurchik(2,059 m) to be able to fly over. Shortly thereafter, the aircraft flew into a snowfall with turbulence, where an engine could not fly a curve and continued to lose altitude. It then collided with the Yurtschik at 5:30 a.m., at an altitude of 2,049 m or 10 m below the summit and 60 km from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
Due to the adverse weather conditions, the search operation, during which the wreck was found on January 4, was delayed.
The reason for the engine failure was a failure of the No. 12 cylinder head in the right engine. The situation was exacerbated by the decision of the captain to continue the flight with the remaining engine over mountainous terrain with snowfall.
Aeroflot flight 40 on July 6, 1962: In this case too, the pilots of an Il-14 attempted to reach the destination airport despite the engine failure and alternative landing options.