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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:
Date:Tuesday 2 March 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lisunov Li-2
Operator:Soviet Air Force
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Sol-Iletsk (   Russia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Astrakhan Airport (ASF/URWA), Russia
Destination airport:Chkalov Airport (REN/UWOO), Russia
Narrative:
En route from Astrakhan to Chkalov (now Orenburg) when it encountered below-minima weather conditions with low clouds and snowfall. The crew decided to divert to Sol-Iletsk, but on approach to that airfield the aircraft collided with a snow-covered hill between Saratovka and Boyevaya Gora. All occupants survived the accident and tried to reach Sol-Iletsk, but 9 of them froze to death within some hours.

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Distance from Astrakhan Airport to Chkalov Airport as the crow flies is 812 km (508 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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