ASN Aircraft accident Lisunov Li-2 CCCP-L4981 Balkhash Lake
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Date:Wednesday 21 December 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lisunov Li-2
Operator:Aeroflot, Kazakstan Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-L4981
MSN: 23443307
First flight: 1952
Total airframe hrs:4023
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Balkhash Lake (   Kazakhstan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Alma-Ata Airport (ALA/UAAA), Kazakhstan
Destination airport:Balkhash Airport (BXH/UAAH), Kazakhstan
While en route from Alma-Ata (now Almaty) the vacuum regulator failed, resulting in failure of the gyroscopes and the auto-pilot. As the aircraft was flying in clouds the crew probably suffered from spatial disorientation and the aircraft crashed in the snow-covered Saryesik-Atyrau desert 105 km south-east of lake Balkhash. All 5 crew and the sole passenger were killed.

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Distance from Alma-Ata Airport to Balkhash Airport as the crow flies is 422 km (264 miles).

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