Accident description
Last updated: 21 April 2014
Developing story -
the information presented here is preliminary and may change rapidly.
Status:
Date:xx xxx 1954
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R4D-5
Operator:Polyarnye Avialinii
Registration: CCCP-H417
C/n / msn: 9357
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Polar Station SP-3 (   Antarctica)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The R4D-5 was ski-equipped DC-3 used by the U.S. Navy for Project Ski Jump. The airplane carried out landings on drifting ice in the Beaufort Sea. The landing gear collapsed upon landing during one of these flights. The aircraft was abandoned on the ice.
It was discovered by the Soviets in May 1954 who repaired the plane and used it briefly as CCCP-H417 before it crashed late 1954. It was damaged beyond repair on landing at drifting polar station SP-3 in bad visibility when the landing gear struck a hummocked ice ridge and the aircraft belly-landed; fuselage used as a sauna and eventually sank.


Sources:
» US Navy and US Marine Corps Aircraft Serial Numbers and Bureau Numbers--1911 to Present / Joe Baugher
» Soviet Transports


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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