2016-05-18 Silk Way Antonov AN-12 crashed on departure from Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan

2016-05-18 Silk Way Antonov AN-12 crashed on departure from Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan

2016-05-18 Silk Way Antonov AN-12 crashed on departure from Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan


Very soon after getting airborne from Camp Dwyer Airport, the cargo flight crashed killing seven out of nine on board.

UPDATED 2016-11-16

Russian MAK released Preliminary Report [LINK].

The report stated that there was insufficient thrust for a safe take-off under the prevailing conditions at the time. Because of a high temperature indication in engine #3, the pilots throttled-up the remaining three engines very reluctantly resulting in reduced acceleration.

Lift-off was attempted only 260 meters before the end of the runway at a speed of 220 km/h (118 kts) which was not enough to fly. The aircraft overran hit an airport fence where its right wing caught fire and came to a stop about 600 meters from the end of the runway.

The Antonov An-12 sustained a fatal accident soon after take-off from Camp Dwyer Airport, in southern Afghanistans Helmand Province, killing seven of the nine crewmembers on board.

The aircraft was on a positioning flight without cargo.

There are unconfirmed reports an engine problem might had occured prior to the crash. Engine #3 (inner right) apparently went into reverse preventing the aircraft from lift-off. 

The An-12 overran the end of the runway (lengh 2400 m) at high speed, broke apart and caught fire.


The pilot-in-command was 63 years old and an Uzbekistan citizen.


1. Saydanov Rashid Rəhmanovic (Uzbekistan citizen), the aircraft captain, born in 1953

2. Altai Ogtay Abdullayev (Azerbaijan citizen), the second pilot, born in 1971

3.   Orujali Nazim Abdullayev (Azerbaijan citizen), navigator, born in 1968

4.   Rare Adigozal Rzayev  (Azerbaijan citizen), flight engineer, born in 1964

5.   Shahverdiyev Ferdowsi (Azerbaijan citizen), radio-operator, born in 1964

6. Zulfıev Azer Aghakishi (Azerbaijan citizen), on-board operator, born in 1973

7.   Zadnipryanets Ruslan Vladimirovich (Ukrainian citizen), technician, born in 1969

8. Andrei Qanja Nikolaevic (Ukrainian citizen), technician, born in 1955

9. the symbol Mamudovic (Ukrainian citizen), technician, born in 1963


METAR Dwyer Airport (OADY):

18/05/2016 18:00->
not available
18/05/2016 18:30->
not available

2016-05-18 Time: 17:30
OADY  Camp Dwyer
Flight phase:
ICL – Airborne – 1.000 ft AGL
Damage to a/c:
hull loss

Flight no.: AZQ 4717
OADY/XXX: Camp Dwyer To: UTAM/MYP: Mary Intl Airport
Silk Way Airlines

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Aircraft Involved

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Aircraft [ID now confirmed]
Type: Antonov An-12
Registration: 4K-AZ25
Age a/c: 52,9 years
Constr. No.: 3341209
Previous operators.: Shovkovliy Shlyah Airlines, Silk Way, Avial Aviation, Aerofreight AL, Sky Cabs, Aeroflot 

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants  9  0 0 9
Fatalities 7 0 0 7
Survivors  2 0 0 2

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 5th safety occurence for the operator(3rd Hull loss)
  • 156th safety occurence of type (An-12)
  • 2nd safety occurence at Camp Dwyer Airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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