AnAmericanIn From Moldova, joined Aug 2010, 43 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5008 times:
An Antonov 22 Russian Air Force transport plane, en route from Voronezh to Migalovo Airport in Tverskaya Oblast crashed about 100 km south of Tula near the village of Krasny Oktyabr. 12 on board were killed. Reports have been in conflict as to whether or not the bodies have been recovered.
Soyuz From Australia, joined Sep 2010, 46 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4912 times:
This is a tragic incident. 12 lives lost. My deepest sympathy and respect to their families. Also a beautiful, rare aircraft destroyed. According to planes.cz the Russian defence ministry has temporarily grounded all AN-22 and TU-95 (same engines) aircraft. There is only a handful of these monsters flying nowadays - I'm only aware of one for Antonov Airlines and a few for the Russian Airforce.
As for the doomed plane, according to aviaport.ru, it had been delivered in 1974, but they said something along the lines of that it has only been utilised for 10 months which I don't really understand - mis-translation perhaps. I haven't been able to track down the reg.
I hope that this incident does not put the last nail in the coffin of this remarkable, unusual, world beating machine.
Luxair From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 795 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4751 times:
Indeed, this is a very tragic moment in aviation! I remember, seeing landing this beast at AMS a coupel of years ago! Damn, what a great, exceptional aircraft! Loved the sound of the engines!!! Well, i think that it is (like many Russian aircrafts) a very reliable plane so let's wait the outcome of the investigation! RIP and my condoleances for relatives and friends of the crew perished in this tragic accident.