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Accident description
Last updated: 21 February 2018
Date:Tuesday 3 January 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-30-DK (DC-3C)
Operator:Aero OY
Registration: OH-LCC
C/n / msn: 25511/14066
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 25
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Koivulahti (   Finland)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kokkola/Pietarsaari-Kruunupyy Airport (KOK/EFKK), Finland
Destination airport:Vaasa Airport (VAA/EFVA), Finland
Flightnumber: 311
The DC-3 crashed in the woods in the village of Koivulahti, some 10,5 km from the Vaasa runway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The probable cause of the accident was the wrong execution of a left turn at low altitude at night, as a result of which the aircraft stalled, lost its manoeuvrability and went into a spin. Contributing factor: As a consequence of having had alcoholic drinks and insufficient sleep the night before the, the pilot was not considered to be in a satisfactory mental and physical condition to undertake the flight. For the same reason, the co-pilot should not have been allowed to start on the flight in question."

» Douglas DC-3 Production List (Issue no. 28)


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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 Kokkola/Pietarsaari-Kruunupyy Airport to Vaasa Airport as the crow flies is 101 km (63 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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