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Last updated: 28 November 2021
Date:Friday 22 September 1961
Time:11:12 MSK
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lisunov Li-2
Operator:Aeroflot, Yakutsk Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-16154
MSN: 3605
First flight: 1947
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:95 km (59.4 mls) W of Oymyakon (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Yakutsk Airport (YKS/UEEE), Russia
Destination airport:Oymyakon Airport (UEMJ), Russia
A Lisunov Li-2 cargo plane was destroyed in an accident 95 km from Oymyakon, Russia. All six on board were killed.
The flight departed Yakutsk Airport (YKS) at 09:00 Moscow time, carrying 2253 kg of potatoes. The crew allowed the left rear fuel tank to run dry, failing to switch to another fuel tank in time. Both engines lost power. The airplane entered a steep descent in clouds and crashed into a forest.



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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 Yakutsk Airport to Oymyakon Airport as the crow flies is 689 km (431 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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