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Last updated: 29 November 2021
Date:Wednesday 9 June 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-196A
Registration: URSS-N
MSN: 2043
First flight: 1938
Total airframe hrs:2289
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 28
Total:Fatalities: 32 / Occupants: 32
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:20 km (12.5 mls) NE of Yanchi (   China)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tihwa Airport (URC/ZWWW), China
Destination airport:Hami Airport (HMI/ZWHM), China
A Hamiata DC-3 got caught in a strong downstream while overflying the Chigi-Chinze pass in China, 20 km north-east of Yanchi on
the Tihwa-Hami road and impacted the southern slope of the pass at a height of some 2,000 metres.
The aircraft operated on a flight from Alma-Ata to Hami with an en route stop at Tihwa (now Ürümqi).
The wreckage was found on 15 June 1943.


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Distance from Tihwa Airport to Hami Airport as the crow flies is 511 km (319 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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