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Crash of a Douglas C-47 in Tiksi

Accident description

  • Dec 18, 1945
  • CCCP-N367
  • Takeoff (climb)
  • Ferry
  • Yes
  • Airport (less than 10 km from airport)
  • Tiksi – Moscow
  • Tiksi, Republic of Yakutia (Sakha)
  • Russia
  • Asia
  • 6
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • During the takeoff roll, the copilot retracted the landing gear prematurely and switched off the spotlights, without any authorization from the captain. When he tried to switch them on, the aircraft sank back onto the runway and landed on its belly. Then it skidded for several yards before coming to rest in flames. Three occupants were injured while three others were unhurt. The aircraft was written off.
  • Lack of crew coordination, letting the copilot to retract the undercarriage and to switch off the spotlight without prior permission from the captain.