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Date:Saturday 4 September 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lisunov Li-2
Operator:Aeroflot, Moscow Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-L4498
MSN: 4409
First flight: 1948
Total airframe hrs:113
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 24
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Moskva-Bykovo Airport (BKA) (   Russia)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Moskva-Bykovo Airport (BKA/UUBB), Russia
Destination airport:Kharkov Airport (HRK/UKHH), Ukraine
Immediately takeoff from Bykovo Airport at night the captain ordered to switch off the landing light and to retract the landing He then lost orientation in the darkness and the aircraft touched the ground with the left propeller but continued to fly until the left wing hit a fence and a telephone pole. Some 150 meters further on the aircraft crashed into a garden and burnt out.
Final destination of the flight was Simferopol.
Insufficient rest of the crew before the flight was a factor.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground



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Distance from Moskva-Bykovo Airport to Kharkov Airport as the crow flies is 639 km (400 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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