After successful operations of the An-24T
tactical transport in austere locations, interest in a version with a retractable cargo ramp increased. Initial studies for the retractable ramp were carried out as part of the projected An-40 medium transport. When given the go-ahead for the An-26 in March 1968, the Antonov OKB adapted the ramp design of the An-40 to the An-24 fuselage, resulting in the An-26. Particular attention was given to the military mission, and the majority of early An-26 production was delivered to the VTA (voyenno-transportnaya aviatsiya)
Using the majority of the An-24 airframe, with its high-set cantilevered wings, twin turboprops and stalky main undercarriage, the An-26 included military equipment, such as tip-up
seats, an overhead traveling hoist, bulged observation windows and parachute static line attachment cables. The An-26 made its public debut at the 27th Paris Air Show
at Le Bourget
where the second prototype, CCCP-26184 (c/n00202), was shown in the static aircraft park.
The An-26 is also manufactured without a license agreement
in China by the Xian Aircraft factory as the Y-14
, later changed to be included in the Xian Y7
An-26 cargo cabin
Antonov An-26 at China Aviation Museum, Beijing
"Curl-A" : Twin-engine tactical transport aircraft.
Convertible passenger/cargo aircraft modified from 'An-26' aircraft at the Kyiv plant from 1999.
An arctic surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft retrofitted with Nel'mo
(Weather) Another aircraft for weather control
duties, similar to the 'An-26 Tsiklon
', with a simplified equipment test lab.
(Flight) A single aircraft retrofitted for the purpose of research of unified air traffic control and monitoring system throughout the USSR, with a comprehensive navigation test lab including precision compasses and Doppler speed/shift sensors.
(Sphere) A single production aircraft built as a laboratory for atmospheric research.
(Shtab: or Headquarters) some 'An-26's delivered to the Soviet and DDR
air forces for use as staff transports/mobile command posts.
(Life) A single mobile operating room, surgery and intensive care unit ('25 Blue', c/n5406), for the Ukrainian Air Force.
A one-off assault transport prototype with higher performance due to removal of some military equipment.
(Avtomatizirovannaya sistema lyotnogo kontrolya
– automated flight control and monitoring system) : A modern flight control and monitoring system equipped with automatic calibration and navigation systems. Recognizable by the distinctive pod low on the forward fuselage side.
A civil cargo version equipped with roller gangsways which can be swung up against the cabin walls when not in use. It was also equipped with two ZMDB
Progress (Ivchyenko) Al-24VT turboprop
powerplants to deliver higher thrust.
'Mobile Hospital' : The prototype 'An-26B' retrofitted as a mobile civilian emergency hospital.
(Cyclone) A weather research/control and cloud-seeding aircraft for the Central Aerologic Laboratory. This aircraft was used for rain induction and protection using cloud-seeding chemicals dropped from slab-sided pods hung from pylons.
Convertible passenger/cargo aircraft modified from 'An-26B' aircraft at the Kyiv plant from 1999.
Alternative designation for the 'An-26L'.
Alternative designation of the 'An-26RL' Arctic surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft.
– long-range) An extended range version with extra fuel in wing tanks and additional external tanks attached to the airframe of the fuselage. One aircraft ('21 Yellow', c/n 13806) was retrofitted and delivered, but no further orders were forthcoming.
(Great Auk) A single An-26 aircraft converted to a Kaira test airframe for the development of airborne LASER
(Drop [of liquid]) After completion of the LASER
designator trials the 'An-26K Kaira' was retrofitted to search or optically guided weapons as the navigation systems. During a night test flight at low level, in March 1989, the An-26K Kaplya suffered a massive bird strike, which consequently destroyed the windshield and injured the pilot, who involuntarily downed the aircraft into the Azov Sea
– Testing and calibration equipment) : A navigation aids inspecting aircraft with comprehensive navigation equipment and calibration equipment.
(Letayuschaya Laboratoriya – Protivolodochnoy Oborony
– ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) testbed) : A single 'An-26A' aircraft, (c/n 0901), retrofitted and modified to accommodate range of sophisticated laboratory for surveillance systems, detecting and tracking stealthy nuclear submarines.
Firefighting version, for delivery of field equipment and para-dropping firefighters in lieu of water-bombing (any more info?).
(Rescue worker) Flying hospital with an emergency surgery facility and consultation conference room.
– firefighting) : Aircraft fire engine fighter, retrofitted with water lifting vessels in pods on either side of the lower fuselage.
(Projector or Searchlight) A single conversion of an An-26 as a guided missile system airframe.
– ECM (Electronic Counter-Measures) [aircraft]) : Electronic countermeasures aircraft fitted with active jammers in cylindrical pods on either side of the lower fuselage sides, as well as chaff and I/R flares for self-defense.
– An arctic surveillance, reconnaissance and monitoring) : An arctic surveillance, reconnaissance and monitoring aircraft used to monitor the icebergs and ice formations at arctic circle fitted with SLAR (Sideways Looking Airborne Radar) in long pods on either side of the lower fuselage, extra fuel in a cargo hold fuel tank, provision for surveyors and radar operators.
Alternative unit designation of the 'An-26RT' ELINT
(ELectronic INTelligence) aircraft.
"Curl-B": (First use of the designation) A basic designation for a series of ELINT aircraft fitted with a wide range of electromagnetic surveillance equipment. At least one aircraft, (tactical code '152'), retrofitted with the Tarahn
(Ramming Attack) ELINT suite for use in Afghanistan.
– Interpreter -Translator): (Substitute of designation) Battlefield communications relay aircraft, fitted with powerful Inzheer
(Fig) radio relay system, for connecting forward units to headquarters units.
Alternative unit designation of the 'An-26RT' ELINT aircraft.
– [VIP] Lounge) : A new VIP Lounge aircraft for the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense delivered about 1997.
– Navigator) : Navigator trainer for the VVS, 36 built at Kyiv.
Non-USSR /-Ukrainian versions An-26ST
East German special duties aircraft.
Unofficial East German designation for 'An-26's' operated by Transportfliegerstaffel 24 (transport squadron 24).
Czechoslovakian ELINT conversion of one aircraft for ELINT duties.
Military transport version. Chinese production version.
Initial designation of the 'AN-26' copy, later changed to 'Y-7H' (Hao
Map with military An-26 operators in blue, and former military An-26 operators in red
Russian An-26 intercepted by a British Typhoon over the Baltics in July 2015
23 Xian Y-7; 4 Xian Y-7-100; includes all types of Y-7 aircraft
Kazakh Air Force
– five An-24 or An-26 in service December 2015.;
Received one refurbished An-26 from Ukraine on 3 November 2017.
Former military operators
Afghan Air Force
– All remaining aircraft retired June 2011. One of their An-26 which defected to Pakistan, is preserved at PAF Museum, Karachi
North Yemen Air Force
Air Bright (one)
AN-26 operators within Aeroflot and post break-up Commonwealth of Independent States (data from
Accidents and incidents
Sudan Air Force
Antonov An-26-100 crash-landed in 1997 at the airstrip of Gogrial
. The plane was hit by SPLA
-fire and had to make an emergency landing.
- 23 May 1976: An Aeroflot An-26 (CCCP-26567) crashed short of the runway near Teply Klyuch Airport, Russia.
- 18 August 1977: An Aeroflot An-26 (CCCP-26536) landed hard at Ust-Kuyga Airport due to pilot error; no casualties.
- 9 December 1978: An Aeroflot An-26 (CCCP-26547) lost control and crashed shortly after takeoff from Cherskiy Airport due to a shifted load, killing all seven on board. The cargo had not been secured properly.
- 26 March 1979: Aeroflot Flight 37293, an An-26 (CCCP-26569), struck a wooded hillside near Baykit, Russia, killing four of 12 on board.
- 23 December 1981: Aeroflot Flight 22237, an An-26 (CCCP-26505), crashed while on approach to Severo-Yeniseisk Airport in poor weather during an attempted go-around after descending too soon, killing two of seven on board. The flight mechanic and navigator were drunk.
- 14 January 1982: An Ethiopian Air Force An-26 crashed near Addis Ababa, killing 73 Ethiopian, Libyan and Cuban troops. This accident remains the deadliest involving the An-26.
- 11 February 1982: Vietnam People's Air Force An-26 26264 was shot down by two Royal Thai Air Force Northrop F-5Es and crashed in a rice field near Prachinburi, Thailand during an intelligence-gathering mission from Phnom Penh, reportedly killing one of 13 on board.
- 23 December 1982: An Aeroflot An-26 (CCCP-26627) crashed on takeoff from Rostov Airport, killing all 16 on board. The aircraft was overloaded.
- 3 May 1985: Soviet Air Force An-26 101 red (callsign "CCCP-26492") collided in mid-air with Aeroflot Flight 8381, a Tupolev Tu-134, due to ATC errors, killing all 94 on board both aircraft.
- 4 September 1985: A Bakhtar Afghan Airlines An-26 (YA-BAM) was shot down by a SAM near Kandahar, killing all 52 people on board.
- 30 March 1986: A Mozambique Air Force An-26 crashed while trying to land at Pemba Airport. All three crew and 41 of the 46 passengers were killed.
- 16 September 1987: Vietnam People's Air Force An-26 285 flying from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City crashed at Bảo Lộc while on approach to Ho Chi Minh City, killing all 31 crew and passengers on board, mostly military personnel and their family members. Wreckage was found in 1989.
- 21 December 1987: A Soviet Air Force An-26 flying from Kabul to Bagram was shot down by a Stinger missile shortly after takeoff. The no. 1 engine was hit and shrapnel punctured the fuel tank. Smoke entered the cabin. Five of the six crew members bailed out safely, however the pilot jumped out at an altitude too low to open the parachute and did not survive.
- 27 April 1988: Cuban Air Force An-26 T-237 was accidentally shot down by Cuban troops stationed at Techamutete, Angola, killing all 29 people on board.
- 10 December 1988: An Ariana Afghan Airlines An-26 was shot down over Pakistan by the Pakistan Air Force, killing all 25 people on board.
- 19 July 1989: An Aeroflot An-26 (CCCP-26685) was on an ice observation flight over the East Siberian Sea to guide ships when it crashed at Cape Kibera after the left wing hit a cliff during a turn that was too close to the shore, killing all 10 on board.
- 1990s: Soviet Air Force An-26 01 red burned out on the ground at Orenburg Air Base following an APU fire.
- mid 1990s: Russian Air Force An-26 RA-47415 force-landed at Belgorod Airport and was withdrawn from use and cancelled from the Russian register in 2001. Although the aircraft was planned to become a cinema for the "Rolan Bykov Fund" in Belgorod, this was abandoned in 2004 because some of the radioactive sensors had not been removed.
- 23 March 1990: Cubana de Aviacion Flight 7406, an An-26 (CU-T1436), overran the runway at Antonio Maceo Airport following an aborted takeoff, killing four of 46 on board.
- 27 February 1992: German Air Force An-26 "52+10" crashed after a hard landing. None of the crew members was injured.
- 8 April 1992: Yasir Arafat's An-26 crashed during a sandstorm. Of the 13 on board, both pilots and an engineer were killed.
- 23 April 1993: A MIAT Mongolian Airlines An-26 (BNMAU-14102) struck the side of Marz Mountain, Zavkhan Province, Mongolia while descending for Ölgii, killing all 32 on board.
- 17 June 1993: A Tajikistan Airlines An-26 (26035) stalled, spun down and crashed into a hillside 22 mi north of Tbilisi, Georgia after encountering severe turbulence, killing all 33 on board.
- 26 December 1993: A Kuban Airlines An-26 (RA-26141) stalled and crashed upside down while landing at Leninakan Airport due to overloading, killing 35 of 36 on board.
- 13 July 1994: A Russian Air Force An-26 was stolen from Kubinka AFB by an engineer planning to commit suicide. He circled Lyakhovo at 300-2000 feet until the aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed, killing him.
- 31 July 1994: An Air Ukraine An-26B (UR-26207), operating on behalf of the UN, was reportedly shot down and crashed near Saborsko, Croatia, killing all 7 people on board.
- 16 January 1995: An Angolan Air Force An-26 was downed by rebel forces in the north of the country, killing all six occupants.
- 16 March 1995: A Central Region Airlines An-26B (RA-26084) struck a hill and crashed near Ossora Airport while on approach due to crew errors, killing nine of 10 on board.
- 17 December 1995: Terrorist Kim Davy alias Niels Holck from Denmark dropped several tonnes of lethal weapons, ammunition, explosives and triggers by An-26 in Purulia district of West Bengal State of India. The plane was forced to land in Bombay, where his accomplices were arrested.
- 1997: Sudan Air Force An-26 7711 force-landed at Gogrial Airport after it was struck by SPLA ground fire.
- 2 September 1998: A Permtransavia An-26 (RA-20628) and operating for Prestavia, crashed near Malanje Airport, Angola after the pilot reported an engine fire, killing all 24 on board; the wreckage was found in 2003. Some reports stated that the aircraft was shot down by UNITA forces.
- 21 January 1999: Nicaraguan Air Force An-26 152 crashed after getting too low on approach and striking a tree near Bluefields Airport, killing all 28 people on board.
- 29 November 2003: Congolese Air Force An-26 9T-TAD crashed during takeoff due to a burst tyre, killing 20 of the 24 people on board and 13 people on the ground.
- 5 September 2005: A Kavatshi Airlines An-26B (ER-AZT) operating on a non-scheduled passenger flight struck a tree and crashed on approach to Isiro Airport in Matari, killing all 11 people on board.
- 9 September 2005: An Air Kasai An-26B (9Q-CFD) operating on a non-scheduled passenger flight for crashed 50 km (31 miles) north of Brazzaville, killing all 13 people on board.
- 9 January 2007: An AerianTur-M Antonov An-26 (ER-26068) crashed while attempting to land at the U.S. military base in Balad, Iraq, killing 34 of 35 on board. Although the aircraft crashed due to fog, some eyewitness and sources state that the aircraft was shot down by a missile.
- 4 October 2007: An Africa One An-26 (9Q-COS) crashed into the Kinshasa neighbourhood of Kimbaseke just after takeoff. 21 out of 22 people on board and 28 people on the ground died. Initial reports indicate a lost propeller.
- 8 April 2008: Vietnam People's Air Force An-26 265 crashed in a rice field at Ta Thanh Oai Commune, Thanh Tri, killing all five on board.
- 18 March 2010: An Exin An-26B (SP-FDO) made an emergency landing on the Lake Ülemiste, close to Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport. None of the 6 crew members was injured. Initial reports indicated failure of one of the turboprop power plants.
- 25 August 2010: An Exin An-26B (SP-FDP) rejected takeoff from Tallinn's runway 08 at high speed when the gear collapsed or retracted during the takeoff roll on 2010. The airplane skidded to a stop on its belly, no injuries occurred.
- 6 June 2011: Solenta Aviation Flight 122A, an An-26 (TR-LII), crashed in the sea near Libreville, Gabon during an attempted go-around following hydraulic problems. Four people on board were rescued and transported to a local hospital, but were not seriously injured. The aircraft was operating on behalf of DHL.
- 19 August 2012: An Alfa Airlines An-26-100 (ST-ARL) struck a mountain during its second approach to the Talodi airfield in South Kordofan, Sudan. All 26 passengers on board and six crew members died.
- 21 February 2014: A Libyan Air Cargo An-26 (5A-DOW), operating an ambulance flight, crashed in a farm near Grombalia, 60 km short of Tunis-Carthage Airport, after one of its engines caught fire. The accident resulted in the death of all its 11 occupants: six crew members, two doctors and three patients.
- 14 July 2014: Ukraine Air Force An-26 19 blue flying at 6,500 m (21,300 ft) was shot down and crashed near Izvaryne, Ukraine, killing two of six on board. (confirmed to be shot using Buk missile system). U.S. officials would later say evidence suggested the aircraft had been fired on from inside Russian territory
- 18 January 2015: Syrian Air Force An-26 YK-AND crashed while attempting to land at the besieged Abu al-Duhur military airport in Idlib Governorate, Syria, killing all 30 on board.
- 9 March 2016: A True Aviation An-26B (S2-AGZ) crashed into the Bay of Bengal near Cox's Bazar while attempting to return to Cox's Bazar Airport following an engine failure, klling three of four on board.
- 30 April 2016: A Sudan Air Force An-26 crashed during a landing attempt at Al-Ubayyid. All five crew members died.
- 20 March 2017: A South Supreme Airlines An-26B (S9-TLZ) was destroyed by fire after crashing at Wau Airport, South Sudan after the left landing gear struck a fire truck during landing; all 45 on board survived.
- 29 April 2017: Aerogaviota Flight FAR1436, an An-26 (CU-T1406), crashed in the Loma de la Pimienta Mountains near Las Terrazas, Cuba, killing all eight on board. The aircraft was operating on behalf of the Cuban Air Force.
- 30 May 2017: Russian Air Force An-26 RF-36160 crashed at Balashov Airfield during a training flight after descending too soon, killing one of six on board.
- 28 August 2017: A Coco Aviation An-26B (EK-26006) overran the runway at Maban Airstrip and was destroyed by the consequent fire. The crew survived.
- 14 October 2017: A Valan Air An-26 (ER-AVB) chartered by the French Military crashed shortly before landing at Abidjan, the Ivory Coast capital. Four people were killed and six were injured.
- 6 March 2018: Russian Air Force An-26 RF-92955 crashed at Khmeimim Air Base. All 33 passengers and six crew died in the incident.
- 20 December 2018: A Gomair An-26 (9S-AGB) crashed 19 nautical miles short of Kinshasa with 7 or 8 people on board. The aircraft was found more than 24 hours later by a local. The aircraft was carrying election materials on behalf of the Central Electoral National Independent Commission (CENI).
- 24 December 2018: Congolese Air Force An-26 9T-TAB crashed as it overshot the runway at Beni Airport in North Kivu province. The aircraft was reportedly transporting troops, and the crash resulted in 38 people being taken to hospital.
- 22 August 2020: A South West Aviation An-26 (EX-126) lost power during take-off at Juba Airport and crashed into Hai Referendum residential area on the outskirts of the airport. Out of the 9 occupants on board, 8 crew members were killed alongside 9 others on the ground.
- 25 September 2020: Ukraine Air Force An-26 76 yellow with cadets of the Ivan Kozhedub National Air Force University crashed and immediately caught fire in Ukraine's Kharkiv Oblast. There were 27 people on board; 25 were killed immediately and one died in hospital; the sole survivor was seriously injured.
- 13 March 2021: Kazakh Border Guards An-26 02 white crashed short of the runway while attempting to land at Almaty Airport. Two of the six occupants survived.
Aircraft on display
An-26 "52+09" at Berlin-Gatow
Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1988–89
- Crew: five ( two pilots, one radio operator, one flight engineer, one navigator)
- Capacity: 40 passengers / 5,500 kg (12,100 lb)
- Length: 23.8 m (78 ft 1 in)
- Wingspan: 29.3 m (96 ft 2 in)
- Height: 8.58 m (28 ft 2 in)
- Empty weight: 15,020 kg (33,113 lb)
- Max takeoff weight: 24,000 kg (52,911 lb)
- Powerplant: 2 × Progress AI-24VT Turboprop engines, 2,103 kW (2,820 hp) each
- Powerplant: 1 × Tumansky Ru-19-A300 Turbojet booster / APU, 7.85 kN (1,760 lbf) thrust
- Propellers: 4-bladed Constant speed metal bladed propellers
- Cruise speed: 440 km/h (270 mph, 240 kn)
- Range: 2,500 km (1,600 mi, 1,300 nmi) with maximum fuel
- Range with max payload: 1,100 km (680 mi)
- Service ceiling: 7,500 m (24,600 ft)
- Rate of climb: 8 m/s (1,600 ft/min)
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