Accident description
Last updated: 2 September 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 14 June 1957
Time:23:10
Type:Ilyushin 14P
Operator:LOT Polskie Linie Lotnicze
Registration: SP-LNF
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
Flightnumber: 232
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.

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."

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (15)
» Soviet Transports


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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.
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