ASN Aircraft accident Ilyushin Il-12 registration unknown Mao-erh-shan
ASN logo
Date:Monday 27 July 1953
Type:Ilyushin Il-12
Operator:Soviet Navy
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:4 km (2.5 mls) from Mao-erh-shan (   China)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Port Artur, China
Destination airport:Vladivostok Airport (VVO/UHWW), Russia
Shortly after noon on July 27, 1953, U.S. Air Force Capt. Ralph S. Parr Jr. was flying an escort mission near Chunggang-jin is his F-86F Sabre (51-12959) when he noted an unknown airplane in the vicinity. Parr reportedly made several passes by, identifying the plane as a North Korean Ilyushin Il-12. Although later that day the newly signed armistice was to bring an end to the Korean War, he decided to shoot down the plane, thereby obtaining the double-ace status. One long burst of gunfire was enough to cause the Il-12 to crash in flames. The Ilyushin later turned out to be a Soviet airliner traveling through North Korean airspace to Vladivostok. The Ilyushin crashed on Chinese soil.

Shot down by aircraft
Loss of control

» Air Force Magazine, July 2003, Vol. 86, No. 7


Add your photo of this accident or aircraft
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.
languages: languages


Ilyushin Il-12

  • 663 built
  • 32nd loss
  • 25th fatal accident
  • 5th worst accident (at the time)
  • 12th worst accident (currently)
» safety profile

  • 12th worst accident (at the time)
  • 36th worst accident (currently)
» safety profile

The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF on social media FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2023 Flight Safety Foundation

1920 Ballenger Av, 4th Fl.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314