Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives
Bureau d'Archives des Accidents d'Avions

Crash of a Lisunov LI-2 in Ust-Kara

Accident description

  • Jan 27, 1959
  • CCCP-N492
  • Landing (descent or approach)
  • Ambulance
  • Yes
  • Airport (less than 10 km from airport)
  • Amderma – Ust-Kara
  • 184 299 08
  • 1948
  • Ust-Kara, Republic of Yamalia
  • Russia
  • Asia
  • ?
  • 0
  • ?
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 2158
  • The crew was completing an ambulance flight from Amderma to Ust-Kara to pick up a patient back to Amderma. After decending successively to 600 meters and 300 meters in marginal weather conditions (limited visibility to 4 km in rain and snow, low clouds), the pilot decided to continue the descent despite he could not clearly locate the runway. On short final, the airplane struck the snowy ground and plunged in a deep snow layer (60 cm), slid for several yards and came to rest 250 meters short of runway threshold. All occupants were evacuated safely while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
  • Wrong approach configuration on part of the captain who decided to continue the descent without clear visual contact with the runway.