July 04, 2001
Near Irkutsk, Russia
Vladivostokavia Airlines, Flight 352
Tupolev TU-154M
RA-85845


The plane crashed and exploded in flames in Siberian woodlands near the village of
Burdakovka, about 21 miles from Irkutsk. The aircraft crashed during the third turn in
a landing approach to Irkutsk, an intermediate stop for refueling. The first officer was
flying the plane, when at 2,600 ft., an audible alarm sounded indicating a wide angle of
attack. Eleven seconds later the aircraft swung around 180 degrees and entered a flat
spin. The captain ordered the engines at full throttle but it was too late and 22 seconds
later the plane hit the ground, belly first, broke up and burned. Incorrect actions of the
crew. Due to poor communication between pilots, they put in the wrong parameters
while landing causing the plane to descend at the wrong angle. As a result, the plane
stalled and entered a spin and crashed. All 145 aboard killed.

ATC = Irkutsk Approach
ATIS = Automatic Terminal Information System
CAP = Captain
F/E = Flight Engineer
F/O = First Officer [pilot flying]
NAV = Navigator
?? = Unknown
() = editorial insertion Aviation Safety Network
# = expletive deleted

01:58:07 NAV  845, 5700 (meters QNE)
01:58:10 ATC  845 Razdolye confirmed (passing of waypoint), 5700 (meters)
01:58:21 NAV 125.2
01:58:21 CAP  Okay
01:58:22 RDO-1  Irkutsk approach 85845, g’evening Razdolye at 5700, infor
01:58:32 ATC  85545, Irkutsk approach, g’evening, final 282 degrees, dist
01:58:43 RDO-1  845, to downwind descending 2700 meters
01:59:25 CAP  Sounds good
01:59:35 CAP  …it will take us 550 meters
01:59:45 ??  …
01:59:46 CAP  to downwind
01:59:48 ??  …
02:01:04 CAP  it seems we have to put it up
02:01:42 CAP  Yura (name of F/E), switch on VNA heating
02:01:43 F/E  Switched on
02:01:55 ATC  845, distance 40 (km), descend and maintain 2100 (meters)
02:01:58 F/O  2100 (meters)
02:01:59 RDO-1  845 descending 2100 (meters)
02:02:29 ??  …
02:02:59 CAP  at home while descending on straight-in approach, we’re pas
02:04:09 ATC  845, Latest Yankee (ATIS), confirm you’ve got Yankee
02:04:13 RDO-1  Roger, listening now
02:04:17 ??  Is it for me? Is it?
02:04:21 ATIS … millimeters, QFE 947, no significant changes, confirm you
02:04:43 CAP  Kolya (name of NA), you listen, let me work with them (ATC)
02:04:45 NAV  Roger, I’m listening
02:04:49 RDO-1  845, 2100 (m)
02:04:52 ATC  845, what type of approach?
02:04:55 RDO-1  NDB approach, information Yankee, altimeter 7-10 (mmHg)
02:05:02 ATC  845, you’re cleared for NDB approach, descend 900 (m) for b
02:05:08 RDO-1  845, Descending 900 (m) for base turn, altimeter 7-10
02:05:14 ATC  845, You’re downwind now, 11 km off final
02:05:18 RDO-1  Roger, we have in sight, that’s copied
02:05:28 F/O  Yura (Name of F/E), clear. It could be off now! Then we’ll
02:05:29 CAP  Yeap, it is working
02:05:32 NAV  I’m expecting 20 km
02:05:34 CAP  Okay
02:05:36 NAV  Altimeter now 7-10 of mine
02:05:43 CAP  Completely tip off now (it looks like referring to spoilers
02:05:44 ??  decelerate, decelerate
02:05:47 CAP  Lets set altimeter 7-10 (mmHg)
02:05:48 F/O  7-10
02:05:49 ??  7-10
02:05:55 RDO-1  845, at 1800 (m), altimeter set 7-10, will report through
02:06:01 ATC  Roger
02:06:03 NAV  150 (m) to assigned (altitude)
02:06:04 F/O  Yes
02:06:05 CAP  Decelerate, reduce speed
02:06:05 F/O  reducing, reducing
02:06:06 NAV  Watch out mechanization (again not clear, to what mechaniza
02:06:08 CAP  We’ve got 100 meters to assigned (altitude)
02:06:09 F/O  That’s affirmative, 100 meters
02:06:10 NAV  … kilometers
02:06:13 CAP  You’ve set 8 (8 m/s descend rate), that’s why you’ve got su
02:06:17 CAP  Here we go Yura (name of F/E), now in clouds
02:06:20 CAP  Look there, what temperature is
02:06:21 NAV  they gave 290 degrees at 5, 14 degrees, 710 CAVOK
02:06:25 CAP  All right
02:06:26 CAP  Okay, now turn it on and…
02:06:28 F/O  Is it engaged? Is light on?
02:06:30 NAV  … is on (working)
02:06:32 CAP  How much remaining? (km)
02:06:34 NAV  8 kilometers
02:06:34 F/O  8 (km)
02:06:35 CAP  Copied
02:06:56 CAP  Okay, take it there, I’ve switched hold altitude
02:06:58 F/O  Okay
02:07:02 F/O  400 kilometers (km/hour)
02:07:03 CAP  Rudder good, gears down
02:07:06 F/O  Putting down
02:07:08 F/E  they’re going (gears going down)
02:07:10 F/O  Gears …
02:07:12 ATC  845, turn to base, descent 850 meters for final
02:07:17 RDO-1  845, descending 850 (m) for final
02:07:21 F/E  Gears down
02:07:23 CAP  Okay, speed is decreasing too much
02:07:25 CAP  descend
02:07:27 CAP  850 (m), power 70 (N1=70%)
02:07:29 F/E 70
02:07:30 CAP  350 (km/h), speed in range
02:07:32 CAP  power 7-5 (N1=75%)
02:07:33 F/E  7-5
02:07:37 NAV  approaching 850 (N1meters)
02:07:39 CAP  power 80
02:07:40 F/E 80
02:07:42 CAP  8-2 (power thrust N1=82%)
02:07:43 ??  8-2
02:07:44 NAV  850 (meters)
02:07:45 CAP  850 (meters)
02:07:45 --  Audio tone of AOA (angle of attack) alert and maximum accele
02:07:47 --  Audio tone of autopilot disconnection warning (duration 2.3
02:07:49 CAP  Fuck! What are you doing!
02:07:51 CAP  Speed!
02:07:52 ??  …
02:07:53 CAP  … Fuck, push it up! (throttles)
02:07:53 F/O  Stop! Stop! Where! Where!
02:07:55 CAP  Stop! Stop! Stop! (said in patter)
02:07:55 NAV  This way, this way, this way.
02:07:57 CAP  We’re recovering!
02:07:58 NAV  Easy, make it easy, easy!
02:07:59 F/O  Lets to the right!
02:08:01 --  Audio tone of Radio-altitude alert (duration 4 sec) and audi
02:08:02 ??  Power! Add thrust!
02:08:05 ??  Power!
02:08:06 F/E  … got it!
02:08:08 ??  Add thrust!
02:08:09 F/O  Take off power! Oh my God!
02:08:10 F/E  Take off power set
02:08:11 ??  That’s all guys! Fuck!
02:08:16 --  Audio tone of radio altimeter alert (remaining to the end of
02:08:32 --  

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