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Last updated: 11 December 2017
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Date:Saturday 18 May 1935
Type:Tupolev ANT-20 Maxim Gorky
Operator:Tupolev Design Bureau
Registration: CCCP-I20
C/n / msn:
First flight: 1934-06-17 (11 months)
Engines: 8 Mikulin AM-34FRN
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 33
Total:Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 35
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 9
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 1
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Moscow (   Russia)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Demonstration
Departure airport:Moskva-Khodynka (Frunze) Central Aerodrome, Russia
Destination airport:Moskva-Khodynka (Frunze) Central Aerodrome, Russia
Narrative:
The giant ANT-20 plane took off for a demonstration flight over Moscow along with some smaller planes. As a result of a poorly executed loop maneuver around the plane performed by an accompanying Polikarpov I-5 fighter, both planes collided and the Maxim Gorky crashed into a low-rise residential neighborhood. The fighter pilot was killed, along with the two flight crew members and 33 passengers on the ANT-20.

Sources:
» Aeroplane Monthly Aug 1990, p. 502


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