Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise (Mirny) lost its Tupolev Tu-154M RA-85684 (msn 90A-851) in Siberia on September 7. The airliner while operating flight 6R 514 from Polyarny to Moscow (Domodedovo) with 72 passengers and nine crew members suffered a complete in-flight electrical failure. An emergency landing was made at the closed Izhma Airport. The aircraft overran the overgrown runway on landing and was substantially damaged. All 81 people on board survived the crash landing. The aircraft is a write off since it will not be able to be recovered.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. RA-85684 is pictured at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport just three days prior to the accident.
Polish Air Force (Warsaw) Tupolev Tu-154M 101 (msn 90A837) VIP transport has crashed on approach near the Smolensk Airport in Russia, about 275 miles west of Moscow near the Polish border. The aircraft was attempting to land in the fog. Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife were aboard the plane, according to the Polish foreign ministry. A total of 96 people have died in the crash.
President Kaczynski was on board along with his wife Maria and several senior government figures. They were in Russia to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre, where Soviet troops killed thousands of Poles in World War II.
Copyright Photo: Jacek Fiszer. The Polish Air Force operates two Tupolev Tu-154Ms (101 and 102) as VIP transports. Sister aircraft Tu-154M 102 (msn 862) with Republic of Poland titles is pictured on approach to Warsaw.