ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47B-5-DK (DC-3) CCCP-L946 Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO)
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Date:Tuesday 5 November 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-5-DK (DC-3)
Registration: CCCP-L946
MSN: 26017/14572
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:1675
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 26
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO) (   Russia)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Riga-Central Airport (EVRS), Latvia
Destination airport:Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO/UUWW), Russia
Due to low visibility conditions and a high number of aircraft bound for Moscow, the C-47 was put in a holding pattern for two hours. At 18:27 the crew started the approach in a thick fog. Some 300 metres after passing the landing sign "T", the crew decided to go around. The airplane was flying at a height of 10-15 m at the time. Engine power was increased sharply. The plane went into a steep climb, lost speed and impacted the ground about 600 m from the landing "T".


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Distance from Riga-Central Airport to Moskva-Vnukovo Airport as the crow flies is 821 km (513 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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 2412th loss
  • 761st fatal accident
  • 146th worst accident (at the time)
  • 408th worst accident (currently)
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