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Last updated: 17 January 2021
Date:Monday 1 November 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lisunov Li-2
Operator:Polyarnaya Aviatsiya
Registration: CCCP-N494
C/n / msn: 1843012
First flight:
Engines: 2 Shvetsov ASh-62IR
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:16 km (10 mls) E of Mys Kosistyy (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Ust-Yansk, Russia
Destination airport:Mys Kosistyy, Russia
The aircraft operated on a flight from Kresty Kolymskiye to Mys Kosistyy with an en route stop at Ust-Yansk. At night, during the last leg of the flight, the oil pressure of the right engine dropped and the engine eventually failed. The propeller could not be feathered as there was no oil pressure. The aircraft lost height, entered clouds and suffered from heavy icing. The crew attempted a forced landing on the ice of Bukhta Kozhevnikova Bay, but was not able to correctly establish its height over the ice as the cockpit windows were covered by ice as well. The aircraft stalled on finals and crashed head-on onto the ice.

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