An Antonov An-26 military transport operated by the Yemeni Air Force en route from San’a-Al Dalaimi Air Base (SAH) crashed while landing 155 miles to the southeast at Al-Anad Air Base in Lahej provence, Yemen on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 killing at least 4 of the 15 persons on board, including three Syrian technicians and one Yemeni military personnel, according to reports published on this date by the Aviation Safety Network, AFP, Defense News, and other sources.
The Soviet era aircraft reportedly exploded after impacting the runway at the military base.
The government of Yemen has been moving aircraft from San’a-Al Dalaimi Air Base located in the country’s capital San’a to other facilities because of confrontations between government forces and opponents to the regime of Field Marshal Ali Abdullah Saleh, the current President of the Republic of Yemen, which has resulted in the 2011 Yemeni uprising.
The United States has maintained strong military ties with Yemen since the October 12, 2000 suicide bombing attack on the USS Cole (DDG-67) in the in the Yemeni port of Aden, but recent relations have been troubled.
Yemen is one of many nations in the region that have been impacted by uprisings in the Middle East that has seen the fall of entrenched regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, and a civil war in Libya, as well as protests in Bahrain, Syria,and Yemen; and major protests in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, and Oman that have been characterized as the “Arab Spring.”
There is no indication that the Antonov An-26 crash was the result of terrorist or insurgent activity.
The Antonov An-26 is a twin-engined turboprop military transport aircraft, designed and produced in the USSR from March 12, 1968. A total of 1,403 planes have been built, as seen in the attached slide show and video clip which accompany this report.
The aircraft, NATO reporting name “Curl”, is currently in use by at least 52 military operators, and was flown by the 6th Special Operations Squadron of the United States Air Force (USAF) from 2003 to 2007.
As of August 2006, a total of 267 Antonov An-26 aircraft remain in commercial airline service by some 29 carriers in 18 countries.
The An-26 can carry up to 40 passengers and a crew of 5. It has a cruising speed of 273 mph, a range of 1,584 miles, a service ceiling of 24,600 feet, and a rate of climb of 1,575 feet per minute. It is powered by 2 Progress AI-24VT turboprop engines, each developing 2,820 horsepower, and a Tumansky Ru-19-A300 small thrust turbojet in the right nacelle which serves as an auxiliary power unit (APU) and climb rate / high altitude cruise booster.
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