Date: August 22, 2006
Time: 15:30
Location: Near Donetsk, Ukraine
Operator: Pulkovo Airlines
Flight #: SP-612
Route: Anapa - St. Petersburg
AC Type: Tupolev Tu-154M
Registration: RA-85185
cn / ln: 894
Aboard: 170   (passengers:160  crew:10)
Fatalities: 170   (passengers:160  crew:10)
Ground: 0
Summary: The plane disappeared from radar shortly after making a distress call. A distress call was made at FL330 and again at FL100. The aircraft was reportly on fire before it crashed. The plane crashed in a field, 30 miles North of Donetsk and broke-up. Weather forecasters reported thunderstorms and lightning in the area at the time of the crash. The crew pushed the aircraft beyond its limits as they attempted to fly around a thunder storm. The crew steered the aircraft under manual control into an angle of attack that was beyond critical which resulted in a stall and the subsequent transition into a flat spin and a collision with the ground.

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