YouTube – Antonov 24
2 x 2,550 hp. ea.
77 ft. 3 in.
95 ft. 1 in.
Antonov 24 aircraft are among the all-time great Soviet civil and military twin turboprop transports. They were the first of a line of aircraft still going strong today.
The origins of the Antonov 24 date back to the late 1950’s when the Antonov Design Bureau was asked to produce a turboprop powered twin engine aircraft with the ruggedness needed to fly short to medium distances from unimproved airports with minimal facilities.
Antonov produced an aircraft that would replace piston engine aircraft of its day. In four across seating the Antonov 24 could accommodate up to 50 passengers or a payload up to 12,125 lbs. The location of its engines were placed well above the ground on its shoulder mounted wings help keep them clear of debris. The engines produced enough power to allow short field take offs, and the wing design plus engine reversing allowed for short field landings, as well.
The Antonov 24 first took to the sky in April of 1960. It was first deployed by Aeroflot Soviet airlines in September of 1963. In addition to passenger and cargo transportation, the Antonov 24 has found military and civil use of many countries for reconnaissance, surveying, search and rescue, airborne early warning, and training.
Models of the Antonov 24 include the original V-1 version. The V-II was an export version with more powerful engines, more efficient flaps, and aerodynamic improvements. The model A incorporated aerodynamic improvements for non-export models. The model ALKA was fitted with optical sensors for navigation aid research. The model AT had more powerful engines and a rear loading ramp. The model AT-RD was equipped with more powerful engines and a wider loading ramp. The model AT-U used JATO rocket assist for take off and parachutes to shorten landing distances. The model B was a modified model A with re-engineered flaps, additional fuel capacity, and two more windows in the aircraft cabin.
The Antonov 24 Model D was a proposed long range version with a longer fuselage to accommodate up to ten more passengers, more powerful engines, and larger fuel tanks. The model LL was used as a flying test bed. The model LP was equipped with a retardant tank and delivery system for fighting blazes. Model LR was equipped with sideways looking radar for maritime use, primarily for helping ships navigate through ice fields. The model PRT had more powerful, efficient engines and was used for search and rescue. The model RR was fitted with sampling pods and sensors for nuclear, biological, and chemical detection. The model RT were used for boosting radio signals to relay transmissions. The model RV export version had more powerful engines. The model ShT was used as a tactical airborne command post. The model T tactical transport had a cargo winch and rear cargo hatch. The model Troyanda was converted for anti submarine warfare with MAD sensors and infra red detectors. The model TV was the export version used for the transport of cargo. The model USh was used for air traffic controller training.
A total of over 1,350 Antonov 24 aircraft were produced through 1978. Many are still flying today.
On March 20, 1965 an Antonov 24 from Aeroflot coming into Khanty-Mansiysk Airport hit a snow drift while approaching too low. Of the 47 people on board, only 3 survived.
On March 18, 1966 an Antonov 24 from United Arab Airlines went down on approach to Cairo Airport. There were no survivors from the 30 passengers and crew on board.
On Dec. 30, 1978 an Aeroflot Antonov 24 went down in Latvia when an engine failed. There were 10 survivors from the 51 passengers and crew on board.
On Jan. 6, 1968 an Aeroflot Antonov 24 broke up during a flight to Olekminsk, Russia. All 45 on board were lost.
On Jan. 24, 1969 an Antonov 24 from LOT Polish Airlines landed short of the runway at Wroclaw, Strachowice Airport, Poland. All on board survived, but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
On April 2, 1969 an Antonov 24 from LOT Polish Airlines hit Polica Mountain, in Poland. All 53 on board were lost.
On Aug. 3, 1969 an Antonov 24 from Aeroflot went down near Preobrazhenka when an engine failed. All 55 on board were lost.
On Oct. 13, 1969 an Aeroflot Antonov 24 landed short of the runway at Nizhnevartovsk Airport. There were 32 survivors of the 56 on board.
On Feb. 28, 1973 an Antonov 24 flown by the Polish Air Force went down near Goleniow Airport due to heavy icing. All 18 passengers and crew were lost.
On Dec. 29, 1974 an Aeroflot Antonov 24 hit the Lotrului Mountain due to a navigation error. All 33 on board were lost.
On March 26, 1981 an Antonov 24 operated by LOT Polish Airlines went down on approach to Slupsk-Redzikowo Airport, Poland when an engine was lost. There was one loss of the 52 on board.
On Nov. 2, 1988 a LOT Polish Airlines Antonov 24 lost both engines due to icing, and went down in a field new Rzeszow. All 29 on board survived.
On Dec. 28, 1989 an Antonov 24 flown by Tarom went down over Visina, Dambovita, Romania with the loss of seven on board.
On March 18, 1977 a Stavropolskaya Aktsionernaya Avia Antonov 24 went down over Cherkessk, Russia with a loss of all 50 on board.
On Sept. 29, 1988 an Antonov 24 from Lionair went down off the coast of Sri Lanka. None of the 55 on board survived.
On July 16, 2005 an Antonov 24 from Equatorial Express Airlines went down near Baney in Equatorial Guinea, with the loss of all 60 on board.
On Jan. 19, 2006 An Antonov 24 from the Slovak Air Force went down in Hungary. There was one survivor from the 43 on board.
On June 25, 2007 an Antonov 24 operated by PMT Air flow into mountains south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia with a loss of all 22 on board.
On Feb. 4, 2010 an Antonov 24 operated by Yakutia Airlines lost an engine on takeoff. All on board survived while the aircraft was significantly damaged.
On May 27, 2010 an Antonov 24 operated by Pamir Airways went down in the Salang Pass of Aghanistan with the loss of all 44 on board.
On Aug. 3, 2010 an Antonov 24 from Katekavia Airlines lost power on approach to Igarka Airport, Russia with the loss of 12 on board.
On Nov. 11, 2010 an Antonov 24 from Tarco Airlines ran off the runway at Zalingei Airport, Sudan. Of the 44 on board, 38 survived.
On July 11, 2011 an Angar Airlines Antonov 24 lost and engine while on route to Surgut International Airport, Russia. The aircraft went down about 20 miles short of the airport in a canal with a loss of five of the 50 on board. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
On Aug. 8, 2011 an Antonov 24 operated by IrAero landed long at Blagoveshchensk Airport, Russia with no loss of life or major damage.
On April 28, 2012 a Jubba Airways Antonov 24 blew out its right main landing gear while landing at Abdullahi Yusuf International Airport, Somalia. The pilot lost control of the aircraft that went off the runway. All on board survived, while the aircraft received major damage.
On Feb. 13, 2013 an Antonov 24 operated by South Airlines went down near Donetsk International Airport in the Ukraine, with 47 survivors of the 52 on board.
On Aug. 9, 2013 an Antonov 24 of the Ethiopian Air Force went down while landing at Mogadishu International Airport with a loss of four of the six on board.
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