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Accident description
Last updated: 19 November 2017
Date:Thursday 15 November 1951
Time:ca 09:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lisunov Li-2P
Operator:LOT Polskie Linie Lotnicze
Registration: SP-LKA
C/n / msn: 18438505
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 16 km SE of Lódz Airport (LCJ) (   Poland)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Lódz-Lublinek Airport (LCJ/EPLL), Poland
Destination airport:Kraków-J. Paul II Balice International Airport (KRK/EPKK), Poland
The Li-2 passenger plane arrived at Lódz, Poland after a flight from Szczecin. Because of engine problems the pilot elected to discontinue the next flight to Kraków. However, the pilot was supposedly forced to continue the flight by officers of the Polish Department of Security.
The airplane crashed shortly after takeoff.

» Sprawa kapitana Buczkowskiego (, 2-8-2009)
» Dziennik Polski 16 November 1951, p2


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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 Lódz-Lublinek Airport to Kraków-J. Paul II Balice International Airport as the crow flies is 183 km (115 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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