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Last updated: 17 January 2021
Date:Monday 10 August 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lisunov Li-2
Operator:Polyarnaya Aviatsiya
Registration: CCCP-04242
C/n / msn: 18439909
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Pevek Airport (PWE) (   Russia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Nizhniye Kresty Airport (CYX/UESS), Russia
Destination airport:Pevek Airport (PWE/UHMP), Russia
The Li-2 operated on an ice reconnaissance flight from Nizhniye Kresty to Pevek when the second pilot decided to cut the route short while the captain was in the passenger cabin. He attempted to overfly Cape Shelagski (469 metres), but on approach to the cape the aircraft got caught in a strong downwind and eventually hit rocks on the cape with the lower fuselage. The aircraft became airborne again, crashed into a large boulder and caught fire.

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Distance from Nizhniye Kresty Airport to Pevek Airport as the crow flies is 379 km (237 miles).

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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