Airplane Crash - Goussainville, France 06/03/1973

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Goussainville, France


Date06/03/1973
LocationGoussainville, France
OperatorAeroflot
RouteDemonstration
TypeTupolev TU-144
RegistrationCCCP-77102
Cn/In01-2
Aboard6
Fatalities6
Ground8
SummaryDuring a steep climb at an airshow, the airplane was observed to level off very abruptly and then begin a dive. The plane broke apart and exploded before crashing into a residential area killing 8 people and seriously injuring 60 others. The pilot, possibly startled by a close encounter with a Mirage jet photographing the TU-144, overreacted causing a compressor stall. The aircraft then went into a dive and broke apart after the aircraft's design capacity was exceeded.

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