A Vladivostok Air Tupolev Tu-154M similar to the one involved
|Date||4 July 2001|
|Summary||Stalled on approach due to Pilot error|
|Site||Budarovka, Irkutsk Oblast, Russia|
|Aircraft type||Tupolev Tu-154M|
|IATA flight No.||XF352|
|ICAO flight No.||VLK352|
|Call sign||VLADAIR 352|
|Flight origin||Koltsovo International Airport, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia|
|Stopover||Irkutsk International Airport, Irkutsk Oblast, Russia|
|Destination||Vladivostok 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.
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.