Aeroflot Flight 909

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Aeroflot Flight 909
Ilyushin Il-18 (Aeroflot) (8671517002).jpg
An Il-18 similar to the accident aircraft.
Date 6 March 1976
Summary Loss of control following electrical failure
Site near Verkhnyaya Khava, Voronezh Oblast
Aircraft type Ilyushin Il-18E
Operator Aeroflot
Registration CCCP-75408
Flight origin Moskva-Vnukovo Airport
Destination Yerevan Airport
Passengers 100
Crew 11
Fatalities 111
Injuries 0
Survivors 0

Aeroflot Flight 909 was a scheduled domestic flight overnight on 5/6 March 1976 flown by Ilyushin Il-18E registered CCCP-74508. The aircraft lost control following an electrical failure and crashed near Voronezh in the Soviet Union. All 111 on board were killed.[1]


The aircraft was on a domestic passenger flight between Moscow and Yerevan at Flight Level 260 when an electrical failure disabled some of the aircraft instruments including the compass and the two main gyros. Some people say that the aircraft may have collided with a military training airplane that had lost its way during a night flight[citation needed]. It was 00:58 in the dark and according to the official version without a natural horizon due to clouds the crew became confused on the orientation of the aircraft and control was lost and the aircraft crashed killing all on board.[1] However, a number of experts affirm that it is difficult to believe that such a professional crew could lose control in these circumstances.[citation needed] Some reports show that seven were killed on the ground.[2]


The aircraft was a four-engined Ilyushin Il-18E turboprop built in 1966.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network
  2. ^ CAP479, p. 5/76

CAP 479 - World Airline Accident Summary - Volume 2: 1976 onwards. London: Civil Aviation Authority (United Kingdom). ISBN 0 86039 344 5.

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