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Last updated: 24 October 2021
Date:Thursday 31 October 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lisunov Li-2
Operator:Aeroflot / Turkmenistan
Registration: CCCP-L4278
MSN: 18422907
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:869
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tashauz (   Turkmenistan)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Ashgabat Airport (ASB/UTAA), Turkmenistan
Destination airport:?
The aircraft operated on a flight from Ashgabat to Tashauz when the left wing burst into flames on final approach to Tashauz. The aircraft landed and all 16 occupants evacuated before the aircraft was consumed by fire.
The left rear fuel tank had not been closed tightly after refuelling at Ashgabat, causing fuel to be spilled into the left wing during the flight. When the engines were throttled down shortly before touch-down the fuel vapors ignited.

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