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Accident description
Last updated: 17 March 2018
Date:Monday 14 January 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lisunov Li-2
Operator:Aeroflot / Ukraine
Registration: CCCP-L4150
C/n / msn: 18420001
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:635
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Netrubezh, Kolpny district, Oryol region (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kharkov Airport (HRK/UKHH), Ukraine
Destination airport:Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO/UUWW), Russia
The Li-2 was en route between Kharkov and Moscow-Vnukovo when it ran into severe icing. The airplane was flying at a height of 400-600 metres. The resulting buffeting of the tailplane led to a part of the left stabiliser coming off 1 hour and 17 minutes into the flight. The aircraft entered a spin and broke up during the recovery manoeuvre at a height of some 150-200 metres.

Tail failure
Loss of control

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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 Kharkov Airport to Moskva-Vnukovo Airport as the crow flies is 629 km (393 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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Lisunov Li-2

  • ca 5000 built
  • 59th loss
  • 50th fatal accident
  • 4th worst accident (at the time)
  • 11th worst accident (currently)
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