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Last updated: 24 October 2020
Date:Thursday 26 May 1955
Type:Lisunov Li-2
Operator:GUSMP, Directorate of Polar Aviation
Registration: CCCP-N535
C/n / msn: 18434602
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:central Arctic Basin (   Arctic Ocean)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
The Li-2 transport plane flew from Bukhta Somnitelnaya (Wrangel Island) to a drifting ice floe in the central Arctic Basin when the ski of the right main landing gear hit an ice hummock during the landing run and broke, the nose of the aircraft touched the ice and the fuselage broke into three when falling back onto the ice. All 6 crew and 4 passengers escaped unhurt and were evacuated by another aircraft. The wreck was set on fire and abandoned on the drifting ice floe.

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