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Last updated: 28 November 2021
Date:Wednesday 10 October 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lisunov Li-2
Operator:Aeroflot / Turkmenistan
Registration: CCCP-71209
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Tashauz Airport (TAZ) (   Turkmenistan)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Dasoguz Airport (TAZ/UTAT), Turkmenistan
Destination airport:Darvaza Airport, Turkmenistan
Shortly after takeoff from Tashauz Airport (TAZ), the no.1 engine failed. Due to problems with the fuel system the no.2 engine also lost power. The pilot decided to return to Tashauz for an emergency landing. He flew the standard aerodrome circuit at an altitude of only 50 m. The speed decreased to 70 km/h. The airplane then stalled and crashed.

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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 Dasoguz Airport to Darvaza Airport as the crow flies is 227 km (142 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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