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Crash of a Lisunov LI-2 in Batagay

Accident description

  • Jan 12, 1953 at 1030 LT
  • CCCP-ZH125
  • Takeoff (climb)
  • Cargo
  • Yes
  • Airport (less than 10 km from airport)
  • Batagay – Ozhogino – Zyrianka
  • 184 321 10
  • 31MAR
  • Batagay, Republic of Yakutia (Sakha)
  • Russia
  • Asia
  • 5
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 1664
  • Shortly after takeoff from Batagay Airport, while in initial climb, the crew encountered technical problems with both engines. Unable to gain sufficient height, the pilot-in-command attempted an emergency landing near a river located one km from the airfield. The airplane hit trees, crash landed, lost its undercarriage and came to rest in a wooded area. While all five crew members were uninjured, the airplane was written off.
  • It was determined that the crew failed to prepare the flight properly and hurried the departure. With an OAT of -48° C., the oil was not sufficiently warm and this caused the engine to run improperly after rotation, with propellers blocked in an angle between 20° and 30°, causing drag and impeding the plane to gain sufficient altitude. In such conditions, an emergency landing was unavoidable.