Accident description
Last updated: 29 July 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 3 January 1961
Time:07:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-30-DK (DC-3C)
Operator:Aero OY
Registration: OH-LCC
C/n / msn: 14066/25511
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 25
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Koivulahti (   Finland) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kokkola/Pietarsaari-Kruunupyy Airport (KOK/EFKK), Finland
Destination airport:Vaasa Airport Airport (VAA/EFVA), Finland
Flightnumber: 311
Narrative:
The DC-3 crashed in the woods in the village of Koivulahti, some 10,5km from the Vaasa runway.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The probable cause of the accident was the wrong execution of a left turn at low altitude at night, as a result of which the aircraft stalled, lost its manoeuvrability and went into a spin. Contributing factor: As a consequence of having had alcoholic drinks and insufficient sleep the night before the, the pilot was not considered to be in a satisfactory mental and physical condition to undertake the flight. For the same reason, the co-pilot should not have been allowed to start on the flight in question."

Sources:
» Douglas DC-3 Production List (Issue no. 28)


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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 Kokkola/Pietarsaari-Kruunupyy Airport to Vaasa Airport Airport as the crow flies is 101 km (63 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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