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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
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Date:Wednesday 6 February 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic JU52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Junkers Ju-52/3m
Operator:Aeroflot / Turkmenistan
Registration: CCCP-L35
C/n / msn: 6445 ?
First flight: 1939
Total airframe hrs:3536
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1 km (0.6 mls) S of Darvaza Airport (   Turkmenistan)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Ashgabat Airport (ASB/UTAA), Turkmenistan
Destination airport:Darvaza Airport, Turkmenistan
Narrative:
A Junkers Ju-52/3m operated by Aeroflot's Turkmenistan division, crashed following the failure of the left part of the horizontal stabiliser. The aircraft on final approach to Darvaza following a flight from Ashgabat to Darvaza.
The aircraft started to climb steeply, stalled at a height of some 70-100 metres and crashed in the desert 1 km south of Darvaza.

Classification:
Tail failure
Loss of control

Sources:
» Soviet Transports


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Distance from Ashgabat Airport to Darvaza Airport as the crow flies is 226 km (141 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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