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

Crash of an Ilyushin II-12L at Mirny Ice Station

Accident description

  • Jan 31, 1959
  • CCCP-04249
  • Landing (descent or approach)
  • Cargo
  • Yes
  • Airport (less than 10 km from airport)
  • 30 099
  • 1947
  • Mirny Ice Station (Queen Mary Land), Antarctica
  • Antarctica
  • 5
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • On final approach to Mirny Ice Station, the airplane was too low and struck the ground. On impact, the skis and the undercarriage were sheared off and the airplane came to rest on its belly. All five crew members were unhurt while the aircraft was considered as damaged beyond repair. The exact date of the occurrence remains unknown, somewhere in January 1959.
  • Too low approach on part of the pilot-in-command.