The Antonov An-28 (NATO reporting name Cash) is a twin-engined light turboprop transport aircraft, developed from the Antonov An-14M. It was the winner of a competition against the Beriev Be-30, for use by Aeroflot as a short-range airliner. It first flew in 1969. A total of 191 were built and 16 remain in airline service as at August 2015. After a short pre-production series built by Antonov, it was licence-built in Poland by PZL-Mielec. In 1993, PZL-Mielec developed its own improved variant, the PZL M28 Skytruck.
|Manufacturer||WSK PZL Mielec|
|First flight||September 1969|
|Primary user||Aeroflot (former)|
|Developed from||Antonov An-14|
|Developed into||Antonov An-38|
The An-28 is similar to the An-14 in many aspects, including its wing structure and twin rudders, but features an expanded fuselage and turboprop engines, in place of the An-14's piston engines. The An-28 first flew as a modified An-14 in 1969. The next preproduction model did not fly until 1975. In passenger carrying configuration, accommodation was provided for up to 15 people, in addition to the two-man crew. Production was transferred to PZL-Mielec in 1978. The first Polish-built aircraft did not fly until 1984. The An-28 finally received its Soviet type certificate in 1986.
- The original Antonov designation for an enlarged, twin-turboprop version of the An-14.
- Twin-engined short-range utility transport aircraft, three built.
- An-28RM Bryza 1RM
- Search and rescue, air ambulance aircraft.
- An-28TD Bryza 1TD
- Transport version.
- Variant with Pratt & Whitney engines first flown 22 July 1993.
Major operators of the 16 Antonov An-28 aircraft remaining in airline service include:
- Skiva Air (2)
- Vostok Airlines (3)
- Tajik Air (2)
- Avluga-Trans (11)
- Tepavia Trans (4)
- Blue Wing Airlines (formerly operated five with three lost in crashes on 3 April 2008, 15 October 2009, and 15 May 2010)
Former military operatorsEdit
- Djibouti Air Force one retired.
Notable accidents and incidentsEdit
- 23 November 2001: ELK Airways flight 1007, An-28 ES-NOV operated by Enimex, crashed into trees about 1.5 km from the airport while attempting to land in bad weather at Kärdla Airport, Estonia. Of the 14 passengers and 3 crew on board, 2 passengers were killed.
- 25 May 2005: A chartered Maniema Union Antonov An-28 aircraft, owned by Victoria Air, crashed into a mountain near Walungu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, about 30 minutes after takeoff. All of the 22 passengers and five crew members were killed.
- 3 April 2008: An Antonov An-28 operated by Blue Wing Airlines crashed upon landing near Benzdorp in Suriname. All 19 on board were killed.
- On 15 October 2009, an Antonov An-28 of Blue Wing Airlines departed the runway on landing at Kwamelasemoetoe Airstrip, Suriname and hit an obstacle. The aircraft was substantially damaged and four people were injured, one seriously.
- 15 May 2010: An Antonov An-28 operated by Blue Wing Airlines crashed over the upper-marowijne district approximately three miles north-east of Poketi, Suriname. The two pilots and six passengers died.
- On 30 January 2012, A TRACEP-Congo Aviation An-28 crashed while on a domestic cargo flight from Bukavu-Kamenbe Airport to Namoya Airstrip, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing three of the five crew.
- On 12 September 2012, an An-28 operated by Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Enterprise as Flight 251  crashed while on a domestic flight from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana Airport, killing ten of 14 people.
Data from Airliners.net
- Crew: one–two
- Capacity: 18 passengers
- Length: 12.98 m (42.57 ft)
- Wingspan: 22.00 m (72.18 ft)
- Height: 4.6 m (15.08 ft)
- Wing area: 39.7 m² (427 ft²)
- Empty weight: 3,900 kg (8,600 lb)
- Loaded weight: 5,800 kg (13,000 lb)
- Max. takeoff weight: 6,100 kg (13,450 lb)
- Powerplant: 2 × Glushenkov TVD-10B or Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65B turboprops, 960 shp (720 kW) each
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- LET L-410 Turbolet
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