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Last updated: 21 October 2017
Datum:Montag 22 Januar 1945
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-15-DK (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:Aeroflot / Azerbaijan
Kennzeichen: CCCP-L963
Werknummer: 26544/15099
Baujahr: 1944
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 6 / Insassen: 6
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Chervlennaya, Shelkovskaya District (   Russland)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Makhachkala Airport (MCX/URML), Russland
Flug nach:Groznyy Airport (GRV), Russland
The C-47 operated on a flight from Baku to Simferopol with en route stops at Makhachkala and Groznyy. En route to Groznyy, visibility was poor. The crew navigated by following a railway line at low altitude. In the district of Gudermes the flight entered an area of thick fog. The crew then followed the wrong railway towards Chervlennaya. From there the crew decided to go to Groznyy directly, over the Terek Ridge. However, the aircraft was not able to gain enough height and impacted a mountain slope.



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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 Makhachkala Airport to Groznyy Airport as the crow flies is 167 km (105 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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