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Accident description
Last updated: 16 February 2018
Date:Tuesday 5 November 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lisunov Li-2
Operator:Aeroflot / Lithuania
Registration: CCCP-L4207
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 26
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO) (   Russia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Vilnius Airport (VNO/EYVI), Lithuania
Destination airport:Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO/UUWW), Russia
Due to low visibility conditions and a high number of aircraft bound for Moscow, the Li-2 was put in a holding pattern for 75 minutes. At 17:45 the crew started the approach in a thick fog. The crew decided to go around. Five ADF approaches under radar guidance were attempted. During the fifth approach the fuel became exhausted. Altitude was lost and the airplane struck light poles and crashed.
That night on November 5, three Aeroflot aircraft crashed near Vnukovo Airport, killing a total of 19 occupants.



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Distance from Vilnius Airport to Moskva-Vnukovo Airport as the crow flies is 762 km (476 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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