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Last updated: 1 December 2021
Date:Tuesday 3 October 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-1-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Suomen Ilmavoimat
Registration: DO-10
MSN: 12050
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 1 km W off Kuopio Airport (KUO) (   Finland)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Kuopio Airport (KUO/EFKU), Finland
Destination airport:Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL/EFHK), Finland
Soon after takeoff one of engines stalled due to a damaged #5 cylinder exhaust mechanism. The pilot attempted to return to Kuopio (KUO). He turned on the stalled engine side but the airplane lost control and crashed in Lake Juurusvesi.

Loss of control

» E-mail from Juha Kostermaa 14-8-2006

Follow-up / safety actions
The accident led to better pilot training of emergency situations in the Finnish AF and Finnair. Also the DC 3's were replaced sooner than planned.


photo of Douglas-C-47A-DO-10
accident date: 03-10-1978
type: Douglas C-47A (DC-3)
registration: DO-10

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Kuopio Airport to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport as the crow flies is 332 km (207 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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