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The Date: July 11 2011

The Time: 11:55 AM Local (04:55Z)

The Place: Near Nizhnevartovsk. Russia


"Minor Miracle On The Obi"

Angara Air - AN24

Flight TSK-5007

On The Scene Near Nizhnevartovsk. Russia

July 11 2011

Angara Air An24 - In Better Days

Antonov An-24
First flown in 1959, over 1,000 An-24s were built and 880 are still in service worldwide, mostly in the CIS and Africa, with a total of 297 Antonov An-24 aircraft in airline service, as of May 2010.

It was designed to replace the veteran piston Ilyushin Il-14 transport on short to medium haul trips, optimised for operating from rough strips and unprepared airports in remote locations. The high-wing layout protects engines and blades from debris, the power-to-weight ratio is higher than that of many comparable aircraft and the machine is rugged, requiring minimal ground support equipment.

Due to its rugged airframe and good performance, the An-24 was adapted to carry out many secondary missions such as ice reconnaissance and engine/propeller test-bed, as well as further development to produce the An-26 tactical transport, An-30 photo-mapping/survey aircraft and An-32 tactical transport with more powerful engines. Various projects were envisaged such as a four jet short/medium haul airliner and various iterations of powerplant.

The main production line was at the Kiev-Svyatoshin (now "Aviant") aircraft production plant which built 985, with 180 built at Ulan Ude and a further 197 An-24T tactical transport/freighters at Irkutsk. Production in Ukraine and the USSR was shut down by 1978.

Production continues at China's Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation which makes licenced, reverse-engineered and redesigned aircraft as the Xian [Yunshuji] Y7, and its derivatives. Manufacture of the Y7, in civil form, has now been supplanted by the MA60 derivative with western engines and avionics, to improve performance and economy, and widen the export appeal.

There are at least 46 crashes recorded for the Antonov An-24. in the Air Disaster web site database, and 46 crashes recorded for the Antonov An-24.

The Antonov An-24, which was given the NATO reporting name "Coke", is a 44-seat twin turboprop transport designed and manufactured in the Soviet Union by the Antonov Design Bureau from 1957 to 1979.

According to an entry in Wikipedia, there have been a total of 109 hull loss accidents, which resulted in a total of 1,673 fatalities, and 11 other incidents with a total of 59 fatalities. Other published reports indicate the aircraft has been involved in 1,971 recorded fatalities in 134 accidents since first being used in commercial flights.

The Antonov An-24 carries a crew of 3-4, up to 52 passengers depending on version, has a maximum takeoff weight of 46,000 pounds, has a maximum speed of 310 mph, a cruising speed of 280 mph, and a service ceiling of 27,559 feet.

Role: Transport aircraft

Country of Manufacture: Russia

Manufacturer: Antonov

First flight: 29 October 1959 (This Aircraft: 1975)

Introduced: 1962

Status: Active service as of July 2011

Primary users


Soviet Air Force

PLA Air Force

Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS): Republic of Belarus, the Russian Federation,Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan

Produced: 1959-1979

Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-24VT

Number built: 1,367 (including the Chinese Y7


Antonov An-26

Antonov An-30

Antonov An-32

The Prolog To Disaster -- Truly A Minor Miracle


We will never forget the January 2009 "Miracle On The Hudson" when US Airways Flight 1549 survived it's 3 minute flight -- and was successfully landed in the Hudson River of New York with the courage and skill of Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger, III. The "Miracle" was simply stated: there were no fatalities. Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger, III performed the improbable!

Our Photo Feature: "Miracle On The Hudson" -- Includes The Complete History of Aircraft Water Landings

Just 42 days later there was to be the "Miracle At Schipol" As Captain Hasan Tahsin Arisan brought his Turkish Airlines B737-800 down in a muddy farming field, short of a safe landing at Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport. Miracle? Again, that's the only definition when 127 souls survived a horrendous impact from which no one should have walked away. Actually, about 30 of the 127 survivors did just that -- walked away with no deaths.

Our Photo Feature: "Miracle At Schipol"

The next major miracle was to happen when an American Airlines plane with more than 150 people on board overshot the runway on the night of Dec. 22 2009, while landing in heavy rain in Kingston, Jamaica, injuring more than 40 people. Flight 331 took off from Miami International Airport at 8:52 p.m. ET and arrived at Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport at 10:22 p.m. ET. The flight originated at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. It was carrying 148 passengers and six crew members. Even though the Boeing 737-800 broke into three sections -- all walked away -- another absolute miracle'

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Indeed, 2009 was the year of aviation miracles!

By 2011, some of this amazing luck has apparently weakened.

On Monday, July 11, 2011 a Russian built Antonov An-24 twin engine turboprop aircraft, registration RA-47302, built in 1975 and operated by Angara Airlines (IK), made an emergency water ditching crash landing at 11:55 a.m. local time on the Obi River in western Siberia after the plane's left engine caught fire.

Of the 33 passengers, including 1 infant, and 4 crew members -- 6 persons died at the scene, and 30 persons were injured, 18 of whom remain hospitalized.

Russian Federation President Dmitry Medvedev praised the flight crew for their skills in minimizing fatalities, but instructed the government to consider the possibility of early retirement of all An-24 planes. The last such model was produced in 1979.

Not all the passengers survived -- but by any measure -- it was at least a "Minor Miracle".

This feature deals with two concepts:"Minor Miracle On The Obi River" ........ and ....... of course ....... as always ....... "Ship Happens! ©"

Michael S. McDaniel - Your Editor

Minor Miracle On The Obi River

Engine Trouble & Fire ForThe AN-24, Prompted Diversion To Nizhnevartovsk or Strezhevoy.

From The Cargo Letter - July 12 2011
Angara Airlines Flight TSK-5007 was traveling between the cities of Tomsk, one of the oldest towns in Siberia, and the northern Siberian city of Surgut. Following an engine fire, the aircraft crashed on the Obi River, near Medvedevo, on the border between the Tomsk and Khanty-Mansiisk regions of Russia, 9 miles from the town of Strezhevoy.

Flight Deck of A Typical AN-24 Aircraft Courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Stricken Aircraft Tail Number RA-47302 Last Received A Full Overhaul In 2006, According To Angara Airlines.

Antonov An-24, In Pieces On The Obi River

How Could Anyone Have Survived?

Fire Engulfed The Port Engine of The AN-24, Prompting Diversion To Nizhnevartovsk or Strezhevoy.

Seven Minutes Lates Pilots Decided To Ditch In The Obi River, About 1.6km Off Medvedevo.

SPECIAL VIDEO FEATURE: Video of Angara Air Flight TSK-5007 Crashing Into The Obi River With Engine O n Fire

Crash Video

Local Citizens Were The First Responders.

Angara Air Flight TSK-5007 Came Down 30 Nautical Miles Short of Nizhnevartovsk And About 14 Nautical Miles Short of Strezhevoy

The Obi River Is The Seventh Longest In The World.

Little Consolation To Passengers On Flight TSK-5007

Reaching For Shore -- Survivors of Flight TSK-5007 Make For Safety

There Were 33 Passengers, Including 1 Infant & 4 Crew

6 persons Died At The Scene

30 Persons WereIinjured,

18 Remain Hospitalized.

This Was A Minor Miracle On The Obi River

Angara Air An24 - Sister of Ill Fated Tail Number RA-47302


From The Cargo Letter
According to an entry in Wikipedia, there have been a total of 109 hull loss accidents for the AN-24, which resulted in a total of 1,673 fatalities, and 11 other incidents with a total of 59 fatalities. Other published reports indicate the aircraft has been involved in 1,971 recorded fatalities in 134 accidents since first being used in commercial flights. Tickets for future flighs are being deeply discounted.

 Angara Airlines

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The Dedication of This Feature Is Simple: To The Pilots & Crew of Angara Airlines Flight TSK-5007 And Their Very Lucky Families.

SPECIAL NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by air & sae continue to be quite real. Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs broker

It's very dangerous out there.


Important Links To Our Feature:

The Year of The Air Miracles - 2009

Our Photo Feature: "Miracle On The Hudson" -- Includes The Complete History of Aircraft Water Landings

Our Photo Feature: "Miracle At Schipol"

Our Photo Feature: "Miracle At Kingston"

Angara Airlines


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The Obi River

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It's very dangerous out there.

Thanks To Our Contributors For The "Minor Miricle On The Obi" Feature

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EDITOR'S NOTE FOR SURVEYORS, ATTORNEYS & MARINE ADJUSTERS: The Internet edition effort of The Cargo Letter now celebrates it's 8th Year of Service -- making us quite senior in this segment of the industry. We once estimated container underway losses at about 1,500 per year. Lloyd's put that figure at about 10,000 earlier this year. Quite obviously, the reporting mechanism for these massive losses is not supported by the lines. News of these events is not posted to the maritime community. Our new project is to call upon you -- those handling the claims -- to let us know of each container loss at sea-- in confidentiality. Many of you survey on behalf of cargo interests with no need for confidentiality. Others work for the lines & need to be protected. As a respected Int'l publication, The Cargo Letter enjoys full press privileges & cannot be forced to disclose our sources of information. No successful attempt has ever been made. If a personal notation for your report is desired -- each contributor will be given a "hot link" to your company Website in each & every report. Please take moment & report your "overside" containers to us. If you do not wish attribution, your entry will be "anonymous." This will will benefit our industry -- for obvious reasons! McD

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