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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 22 January 1945
Time:11:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-15-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Aeroflot / Azerbaijan
Registration: CCCP-L963
C/n / msn: 26544/15099
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Chervlennaya, Shelkovskaya District (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Makhachkala Airport (MCX/URML), Russia
Destination airport:Groznyy Airport (GRV), Russia
Narrative:
The C-47 operated on a flight from Baku to Simferopol with en route stops at Makhachkala and Groznyy. En route to Groznyy, visibility was poor. The crew navigated by following a railway line at low altitude. In the district of Gudermes the flight entered an area of thick fog. The crew then followed the wrong railway towards Chervlennaya. From there the crew decided to go to Groznyy directly, over the Terek Ridge. However, the aircraft was not able to gain enough height and impacted a mountain slope.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» airdisaster.ru


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Distance from Makhachkala Airport to Groznyy Airport as the crow flies is 167 km (105 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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