Aeroflot Flight 821 Crashes
Aeroflot Flight 821, operated by Aeroflot-Nord in a service agreement with Aeroflot and as its subsidiary, crashed on approach to Perm Airport on 14 September 2008.
All 82 passengers and 6 crew members were killed. The weather at the time of accident was rainy and foggy (unbroken clouds at 240m, light rain). The aircraft, a Boeing 737-505 registration VP-BKO, departed from Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport. A part of the Trans-Siberian Railway was also damaged in the crash.
The Boeing 737-505, an aircraft belonging to the Aeroflot subsidiary Aeroflot-Nord but operating as Aeroflot flight SU821 from Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport to Perm (Russia) crashed into a railway line southwest of Perm about 5:10 AM local time (or 13 September 2008, 23:10 PM UTC). City police said the crew attempted emergency landing due to an engine failure. AFP reported 88 including 21 foreigners killed at 5:15 AM (UTC+5).
According to an interview given by the air traffic controller shortly after the disaster, the crew did not respond correctly to ATC commands: after going around, it turned eastward instead of turning westward. However, the crew reported no emergency onboard and confirmed all commands given by ATC. At 5:10 AM, radio contact with the plane was lost; minutes later it crashed in the outskirts of Perm.
Aeroflot-Nord officially stated that: "The Boeing-737 carried 82 passengers on board — including 7 children — and 6 crew... All passengers were killed. As the plane was coming in for landing, it lost communication at the height of 1,100 metres (3,600 ft) and air controllers lost its blip. The airplane was found within Perm's city limits completely destroyed and on fire." Investigator Vladimir Markin said that "there were 82 passengers plus a baby and 5 crew on board, and by preliminary information, they are all dead as the airplane fell into a ravine near the city limits." RIA Novosti however reported that "it was possible that 3 people who bought a ticket for the ill-fated flight 821 to Perm did not get on board."