NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


September 14, 2008

The National Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a team of investigators to assist the government of Russia in its investigation of today's crash of a Boeing 737-500 airplane, Bermuda registration VP-BKO, equipped with CFM56 engines.

Today, at approximately 5:10 a.m. local time, the aircraft, AEROFLOT-NORD flight #821, crashed in the vicinity of Perm, Russia under unknown circumstances. This scheduled flight originated in Moscow and its destination was Perm.

Of the 88 persons onboard, 6 crew and 82 passengers, all are reported to have suffered fatal injuries, according to Russian government officials.

NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker has designated senior investigator Bob Benzon as the U.S. Accredited Representative. His team will include an NTSB powerplants specialist, an NTSB airworthiness specialist, as well as technical advisors from the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing.

The investigation is being conducted by Russia's Air Accident Investigation Commission of the Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) which will release all information on the progress of the investigation. The agency's phone number in Moscow is (+7 495) 953-12-44, the agency website is http://www.mak.ru and the email address is mak@mak.ru.

NTSB Media Contact:
Bridget Serchak
(202) 314-6100



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.