Date: May 03, 2006
Time: 02:15
Location: Off Adler, Russia
Operator: Armavia
Flight #: 967
Route: Yerevan, Armenia - Sochi, Russia
AC Type: Airbus A320-211
Registration: EK-32009
cn / ln: 547
Aboard: 113   (passengers:105  crew:8)
Fatalities: 113   (passengers:105  crew:8)
Ground: 0
Summary: The jetliner crashed into the Black Sea and broke up in driving rain and low visibility after making a second attempt to land. The plane disappeared from radar screens just under four miles from shore and crashed after making a turn and heading toward Adler airport for a landing. Pilot error. The captain, being in a psychoemotional stress condition, made nose down control inputs due to the loss of pitch and roll awareness.This started the abnormal situation. The captain's insufficient pitch control inputs led to a failure to recover the aircraft and caused it to crash. Along with the inadequate control inputs from the captain, the contributing factors of the crash were also the lack of monitoring the aircraft's pitch attitude, altitude and vertical speed by the first officer and no proper reaction by the crew to GPWS warnings.

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