The pictures that can be seen today (August 17, 2021) from Russia are shocking. The prototype of the new Russian military transport aircraft Il-112V crashed on a test flight near Moscow.
The newly developed Illyushin Il-112V military transport aircraft was scheduled to conduct a test flight today. Video recordings show that one of the engines has caught fire. In the following right turn, the crew apparently lost control of the aircraft and crashed into a forest.
According to various media, the two test pilots and an engineer are said to have been on board. It is reported that these did not survive the crash.
Just a few days ago, the UAC United Aircraft Corporation announced that the new light military transport aircraft Il-112V was being transferred from Voronezh to Moscow's Zhukovsky Airport on August 13, 2021 to take part in the 7th International Military-Technical Forum “ARMY-2021” (22 . - August 28, 2021). The aircraft was piloted by chief pilot Nikolai Kuimov, test pilot Dmitry Komarov and test engineer Nikolai Khludeev. This crew was probably also on board today.
UAC was very proud to be able to participate in the ARMY-21 with the Il-112V. But unfortunately nothing comes of it because of the accident. To what extent the crash affects the event remains to be seen.
The Il-112V is intended to replace the aging Antonov An-26 fleet. It is about 24 meters long and has a wingspan of just under 28 meters. The maximum take-off weight (MTOW) is given as 21 tons. The aircraft is powered by two Klimov ТV7-117CT turboprop engines. The same engine is used on the Ilyushin Il-114 and also on the Mil Mi-38 helicopter.
In addition to this tragic accident, UAC had to report another sad piece of news today. The chief designer of the Il-76 / Il-78, Yurasov Andrey Vladimirovich, died yesterday (August 16, 2021) after a serious illness at the age of 60.