Aeroflot Flight 601

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Aeroflot Flight 601
Antonov An-24RV, Aeroflot AN1083658.jpg
An Aeroflot Antonov An-24RV, similar to that involved in the accident
Date 24 December 1983 (1983-12-24)
Summary Pilot error
Site Leshukonskoye Airport
Aircraft type Antonov An-24RV
Operator Aeroflot
Registration СССР-46617
Flight origin Talagi Airport
Destination Leshukonskoye Airport
Passengers 44
Crew 5
Fatalities 44
Survivors 5

Aeroflot Flight 601 was a scheduled Soviet domestic passenger flight from Arkhangelsk to Leshukonskoye, operated by Aeroflot. The flight crashed on 24 December 1983 during approach to Leshukonskoye due to pilot error. Five out of forty-nine people on board survived the accident.


The aircraft's crew consisted of captain Nikolai Alimov, first officer Alexander Priydak, navigating officer Vladimir Marichev, flight engineer Fyodor Igumnov and an unknown air hostess.[1]


The visibility at Leshukonskoye airport was 5 km, with drizzle and a wind speed of 3 m/s and air temperature 0°С.[1] Sixteen kilometres away from Leshukonskoye airport and at an altitude of 500 m (1,600 ft) the crew put the landing gear down and set the flaps at 15 degrees.[1] Then the flaps were set to 38 degrees and the aircraft, piloted by captain, started to descend.[1] The aircraft descended with a significant deviation that reached about 490 m to the left. The captain decided to land instead of making a go-around and banked the aircraft to the right. At an altitude of about 30 m (98 ft) the captain decided to make a go-around. The landing gear was retracted and the aircraft started to climb, but reached critical slip angles which compromised aircraft control.[1] The captain then ordered to set the flaps at 15 degrees, but by then the aircraft had stalled.[1] It then started to descend with an increasing left bank angle. At an altitude of 80 m (260 ft) and with a speed of 86.39 knots (160 kmh) the flaps were set to eight degrees.[1] The left bank angle ultimately reached 90 degrees and the aircraft crashed 110 m right of the runway.[1] The aircraft broke apart and partially burned.[1] Four passengers and a flight attendant survived the accident.[1]

The investigation placed the responsibility for the accident on the captain Alimov, who was found to have a risky style of piloting, which violated the flight instructions.[1] It was also found that the crew should have initiated a go-around instead of attempting to land first.[1] No fault with air traffic control was found.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Катастрофа Ан-24РВ Архангельского ОАО в районе а/п Лешуконское" (in Russian). Retrieved 4 January 2015.

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