ASN Aircraft accident Lisunov Li-2 CCCP-L4500 Samurskaya
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Date:Monday 25 October 1948
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Lisunov Li-2
Operator:Aeroflot / Georgia
Registration: CCCP-L4500
MSN: 18429608
First flight: 1948
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Samurskaya (   Russia)
Crash site elevation: 1610 m (5282 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Karachayevsk Airfield, Russia
Destination airport:Sukhumi-Babusheri Airport (SUI/UGSS), Georgia
A Lisunov Li-2 passenger plane was destroyed when it crashed into a mountainside near Krasnodar, Russia. All 14 passengers and four crew members were killed.
The flight had arrived at Karachayevsk Airfield at 09:05. In a break for lunch, the crew drank vodka with some officials. The return flight to Tbilisi, with a first en route stop at Sukhumi, departed at 12:30. The plane was overloaded by 366 kg. After the departure the crew did not execute the procedure climb in a circle, and immediately set course over mountains. Weather over the mountains was poor with low clouds, strong winds and icing.
Attempts to find a route towards Adler and continue via the coast line failed. The airplane flew into the side of a mountain at an elevation of 1610 m.
The wreckage was found in August 1949.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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Distance from Karachayevsk Airfield to Sukhumi-Babusheri Airport as the crow flies is 120 km (75 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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Lisunov Li-2

  • ca 5000 built
  • 170th loss
  • 99th fatal accident
  • 11th worst accident (at the time)
  • 21st worst accident (currently)
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