Aeroflot Flight 821 Crashes, Killing 88

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 at 5:09:25.

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.

According to the final investigation report, the main reason of the crash was pilot error. Both pilots had lost spatial orientation due to their lack of proficiency with the Western type of attitude indicator on the aircraft. Fatigue from lack of adequate rest, poor CRM and alcohol in the Captain's tissues have also contributed to the accident.

A Russian airliner that crashed near a city in the Urals, killing all 88 people on board, caught fire in mid-air, reports say.

The Boeing-737-500, belonging to a branch of the national airline Aeroflot, was on a flight from Moscow to Perm, near the Ural mountains.

Twenty-one foreign passengers were on board the Aeroflot Nord flight.

Radio contact with the plane was lost as it was landing. One witness said it looked like a comet as it came down.

"It looked like a... burning comet. It hit the ground opposite the next house, there was a blaze, like fireworks, it lit the whole sky, the blaze," the witness told Russian TV.

An Aeroflot Boeing-737 jet crashed near a Ural mountains city Sunday killing all 88 passengers and crew on board, after reportedly catching fire in the sky, the airline said.

There were 21 foreigners and seven children on the jet which came down as it prepared to land in Perm on a flight from Moscow. The wreckage cut off the Trans-Siberian railway.

"It was burning while still in the sky and it looked like a falling comet," one female
witness told Russia's Vesti-24 television.

The jet narrowly missed a main residential area as it fell shortly after 5:00 am.