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Last updated: 1 December 2021
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Date:Thursday 13 January 1955
Time:11:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lisunov Li-2
Operator:Aeroflot, Moscow Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-L5000
MSN: 33444902
First flight: 1953
Total airframe hrs:2188
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:8 km (5 mls) NW of Moskva-Bykovo Airport (BKA) (   Russia)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Moskva-Bykovo Airport (BKA/UUBB), Russia
Destination airport:Gorkiy Airport (GOJ/UWGG), Russia
Flightnumber:31
Narrative:
The Li-2 operated on a mail flight from Moscow-Bykovo Airport. Immediately after take-off, the right engine failed.
The aircraft lost height, touched tree tops and crashed into a garden house at ul. Mayakovskaya d. 10 at the Udelnaya garden colony.
The accident investigation commission assumed sabotage as the reason for the failure of the right engine because an M4 female screw had been placed in the fuel system, destroying the fuel pump (this had been the second similar case with the same aircraft within 8 days).

Sources:
» airdisaster.ru


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Distance from Moskva-Bykovo Airport to Gorkiy Airport as the crow flies is 360 km (225 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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