Narrative:Flight LO 232 departed Warsaw for a flight to Moscow carrying 5 crewmembers, 8 passengers and 819kgs of mail and cargo. Due to bad weather in the area near Moscow, the flight was instructed to descend, and passed Klimentievo (75km West of Moscow-Vnukovo Airport) at 400m. The crew contacted Vnukovo ATC and were instructed to descend to 300m. A little later, at 23:07, the flight was cleared for an instrument approach. The flight crew acknowledged this, but failed to adhere to the prescribed procedure. The aircraft descended below safe altitude and struck the ground. Weather in the area was: very low ceiling, heavy turbulence, distant lightning and driving rain.
|Date:||Friday 14 June 1957|
|Operator:||LOT Polskie Linie Lotnicze|
|C/n / msn:|| 6341407|
|First flight:|| 1956|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 8|
|Total:||Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 13 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||near Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO) ( Russia)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW/EPWA), Poland|
|Destination airport:||Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO/UUWW), Russia|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The aircraft hit the ground while flying at an excessively low altitude following the crew's application of an approach procedure other than that prescribed by Vnukovo aerodrome. The bad weather conditions which set in during the night and were not forecast in the messages had their influence on the disastrous end of the flight."
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (15)
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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 Warszawa-Okecie Airport to Moskva-Vnukovo Airport as the crow flies is 1122 km (702 miles).
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.