Aeroflot Flight 217

Aeroflot Flight 217
Ilyushin Il-62, Aeroflot AN0723959.jpg
An Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-62, similar to the crashed aircraft
Date 13 October 1972 (1972-10-13)
Summary Undetermined (possible crew incapacitation, lightning strike, or mechanical failure)
Site Near Sheremetyevo International Airport
56°4′50″N 37°24′36″E / 56.08056°N 37.41000°E / 56.08056; 37.41000Coordinates: 56°4′50″N 37°24′36″E / 56.08056°N 37.41000°E / 56.08056; 37.41000
Aircraft type Ilyushin Il-62
Operator Aeroflot
Registration CCCP-86671
Flight origin Orly Airport
Stopover Shosseynaya Airport
Destination Sheremetyevo International Airport
Occupants 174
Passengers 164
Crew 10
Fatalities 174
Survivors 0

Aeroflot Flight 217 was a non-scheduled international passenger flight from Orly Airport in Paris to Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow, with a stopover at Shosseynaya Airport (now Pulkovo Airport) in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg). On 13 October 1972, the Ilyushin Il-62 airliner operating the flight crashed on approach to Sheremetyevo, with the loss of all 164 passengers and crew of 10. The fatalities include 118 Russians, 38 Chileans, 6 Algerians, one East German and one Australian.[1] At the time, it was the world's deadliest aviation disaster, until it was surpassed by the Kano air disaster in 1973.[2] As of 2021, this remains the second-deadliest accident involving an Il-62, after LOT Flight 5055, and the second-deadliest on Russian soil, after Aeroflot Flight 3352.[3][4][5]


Shortly before the expected landing, the plane was flying at the altitude of 1200 m and received the ATC instructions to descend to 400 m. The crew confirmed and started to descend, but later there was no action to return to the horizontal flight. The plane passed the 400 m mark with 20 m/s vertical velocity, no expected report to ATC and engines still running at low thrust. It crashed shortly afterwards, with landing gear up, spoilers retracted and horizontal speed about 620 km/h.[1]


The cause of the crash could not be determined. Investigators did believe the most probable cause was the 'psycho-physiological incapacitation of the crew for reasons unknown'.[6] Somewhere at the 500 – 600 m. elevation, 30 – 25 seconds before impact, the pilots either have been incapacitated or lost control of the plane.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Катастрофа Ил-62 ЦУМВС в районе озера Нерское (борт СССР-86671), 13 октября 1972 [Accident of IL-62 TSUMVS near Lake Nerskoye (board USSR-86671), October 13, 1972]. (in Russian). Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  2. ^ Leddington, Roger (16 October 1972). "Death toll at 176 in Russian crash". Nashua Telegraph. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  3. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Ilyushin 62 CCCP-86671 Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  4. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Ilyushin 62M SP-LBG Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  5. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev 154B-1 CCCP-85243 Omsk Airport (OMS)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  6. ^ Gero, David (1996). Aviation Disasters Second Edition. Patrick Stephens Limited. p. 110.

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