Tu-142 Crash Kills 11

Date: 06-NOV-2009
Time: 21:19 LT
Type: Tupolev Tu-142M3
Operator: Russian Naval Aviation
C/n / msn:
Fatalities: Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Khabarovsky kray, Tatar strait near Mongohto - Russia
Phase: Approach
Nature: Military
Departure airport: Mongohto (UHKG)
Destination airport: Mongohto (UHKG)
Crashed in Tatar strait during training flight.


TU-142-M3 Submariner Hunter . . .

ASN website also lost a IL-76 this week with the loss of a crew of 11.

That damn thing looks a Russian “Bear” of the cold war. Or is it…Anybody know what the NATO name for this A/C is…certainly isnt a “Badger.” Curious.

It IS a Bear, just a version fitted for ASW duty.

Little known factoid, the Bears were so noisy with those eight contra-rotating props that they could be accurately tracked by SOSUS by both audio level and distinctive harmonics.

And they were clearly audible to U.S. military jets that intercepted them. Or so I’ve heard…

Oh heck yes! Even through the noise of your own engine, or engines, and whatever insulation provided by your canopy, helmet and earphones, the Bear’s engines and props were deafening.

There were a few versions of the TU-142.

Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) versions
TU-142M2 (NATO code name Bear F mod 2)
TU-142M3 (Bear F mod 3)
TU-142M4 (Bear F mod 4)

Submarine communications and Command, Control, and Communications (C3) duties
TU-142MR (Bear J)

The TU-142 is based on the TU-95. The TU-95 is also the basis for the largest and fastest turboprop ever produced - the TU-114. The TU-114 was, in turn, the basis for the TU-126, an Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft.