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Last updated: 22 October 2021
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Date:Saturday 31 October 1953
Time:00:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lisunov Li-2
Operator:Aeroflot, North Kavkaz Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-L4732
MSN: 18432509
First flight: 1949
Total airframe hrs:5181
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Kharkov Airport (HRK) (   Ukraine)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Rostov Airport (ROV/URRR), Russia
Destination airport:Kharkov Airport (HRK/UKHH), Ukraine
Flightnumber:270
Narrative:
The Li-2 operated on a service from Rostov to Moscow with an en route stop at Kharkov. During the night-time approach to Kharkov the curtains of the co pilot's windshield were closed and those on the captain's side were partially closed to allow the crew to practise an instrument approach exercise.
The aircraft descended with engines running almost at idle power until the pilot realised that the aircraft was about to hit a railway line. He sharply banked to the right at low altitude, causing the aircraft to stall and crash into vegetable gardens.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
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Distance from Rostov Airport to Kharkov Airport as the crow flies is 391 km (244 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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Lisunov Li-2

  • ca 5000 built
  • 237th loss
  • 135th fatal accident
  • 22nd worst accident (at the time)
  • 26th worst accident (currently)
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  • 2nd worst accident (at the time)
  • 25th worst accident (currently)
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