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Vladivostok Air Flight 352

Vladivostok Air Flight 352
Vladivostok Air Tu-154M RA-85710 at KIJ RJSN.jpg
A Vladivostok Air Tupolev Tu-154M similar to the one involved
Date4 July 2001 (2001-07-04)
SummaryStalled on approach due to Pilot error
SiteBudarovka, Irkutsk Oblast, Russia
Aircraft typeTupolev Tu-154M
OperatorVladivostok Air
IATA flight No.XF352
ICAO flight No.VLK352
Call signVLADAIR 352
Flight originKoltsovo International Airport, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia
StopoverIrkutsk International Airport, Irkutsk Oblast, Russia
DestinationVladivostok International Airport, Primorsky Krai, Russia

Vladivostok Air Flight 352 was a scheduled passenger flight from Yekaterinburg, Russia to Vladivostok via Irkutsk which, on 4 July 2001 lost control and crashed while approaching Irkutsk Airport. A total of 136 passengers and 9 flight crew members perished in the accident, making it the third deadliest aircraft crash over Russian territory to date after Aeroflot Flight 3352 and Aeroflot Flight 217.[1]


The Tupolev Tu-154M was on approach for Irkutsk, when the pilots lowered the landing gear, the co-pilot realized that the plane was banking. The Tu-154 was at a 45-degree angle, and the nose was starting to drop. The co-pilot reacted by violently pulling back on the control column. The aircraft's nose rose sharply, causing an immediate stall. The plane's proximity to the ground did not allow sufficient room for the pilots to recover, and the aircraft impacted the ground, killing all 145 people on board.


  1. ^ Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 28 May 2008.

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