Mon, Jun 28, 2004
It may have been the last of its kind -- a Russian warbird which
went down near Moscow Saturday, killing three of the five people on
Itar-Tass reports no one on the ground was hurt when the Lusinov
Li-2 (file photo of type, above) crashed about 30 miles south of
the Russian capital.
The Li-2 was a Douglas DC-3 licensed to the Soviet Union during
World War II. The Soviets built thousands of them, using them as
both troop transports and medium bombers against the Nazis.
In Saturday's accident, officials told Russia's Channel One that
the aircraft was flying from Myachikovo airfield to Kaluga when it
started losing altitude. They said the pilot tried to avoid the
urban area, but clipped the roof of a house and crashed.
The Li-2 was owned by a group of warbird enthusiasts based at
Myachikovo and is thought to have been the last of its kind. There
are unconfirmed reports that the aircraft, along with one other,
was to be on static display at Oshkosh next month.
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