2016-12-19 Rossiya Min.of Defence IL-18 crashed near Tiksi

2016-12-19 Rossiya Min.of Defence IL-18 crashed near Tiksi

2016-12-19 Rossiya Min.of Defence IL-18 crashed near Tiksi


The aircraft was destroyed on a emergency landing outside Tiksi, Yakutia, Russia with 39 on board.


Carrying 32 passengers  and seven crewmembers from Kansk Military Base, the IL-18 was made a forced landing in darkness, about 30 km away from Tiksi Aerodrome, Yakutia.

According to early media reports there were no fatalities. 34 seriously injured persons were injured and have been rescued by helicopter and taken to hospitals. Six are still in critical condition. All passengers were officers belonging to military air defence unit # 71592 and # 45123.

The aircraft came down on plain, snowy land, broke into three major parts on impact. Wings and engines also detached during the emergency landing. There was no fire.

The IL-18 did pass its last major overhaul in 2011. The aircraft was registered in the 390 transport mixed air regiment, based on the Yekaterinburg-Koltsovo Airport.

At the time of the accident local weather was described as bad, a snowstorm reduced visibility exposing the IL-18 to excessive winds during its descent.

Distance between Kansk and Tiksi is about 1250 NM (2310 kilometers).

The flight recorders have been recovered and are to be examined further.




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Aircraft Involved

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Type: Ilyushin Il-18
Registration: RF-91821
Age a/c: 51.5 years
Constr. No.: 185008003

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 7 32 0 39
Fatalities 0  0 0 0
Injuries 0 25


Date: 2016-12-19 Time: 04:30
Location: Tiksi area, Yakutia
Country: Russia
Flight phase: EMG – Controlled descent in response to a perceived emergency situation.
Damage to a/c: hull loss

Flight no.:
From: -/-: Kansk Air Base To: UEST/IKS: Tiksi
Type: Military
Operator: Russian Air Force

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 27th safety occurence for the operator
  • 15th safety occurence of type (IL18)
  • 66th fatal accident in Russia
  • X safety occurence for aircraft in question

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