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Accident description
Last updated: 21 February 2018
Date:Friday 19 March 1954
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-LAH
C/n / msn: 18423201
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Gruszowice (   Poland)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW/EPWA), Poland
Destination airport:Kraków-J. Paul II Balice International Airport (KRK/EPKK), Poland
Due to a power failure of the Dabrowa Tarnowska radio beacon, the aircraft went off-course and collided with the Cwiklina hill (1060 m) near Gruszowice. The pilot saw the rising terrain at the last moment and initiated a climb which reduced the impact.

Navigational beacons inoperative
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Polski transport lotniczy 1918-79 / M. Mikulski & A. Glass
» Soviet Transports
» Stan Drozdowski


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Distance from Warszawa-Okecie Airport to Kraków-J. Paul II Balice International Airport as the crow flies is 245 km (153 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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