Airplane Crash - Near Moscow, Russia 11/28/1972

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Moscow, Russia


Date11/28/1972
Time19:51
LocationNear Moscow, Russia
OperatorJapan Air Lines
Flight #446
RouteMoscow - Tokyo
TypeMcDonnell Douglas DC-8-62
RegistrationJA8040
Cn/In46057/474
Aboard76
Fatalities62
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft lost altitude while taking off and crashed. The copilot responded to the captain's 'gear-up' command by reaching forward and pulling back on the ground spoiler handle, rather than lifting the gear handle which was immediately ahead of the spoiler control. Late night partying by the crew was suspected the night before.

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