Accident Ilyushin Il-12 CCCP-L1375, Sunday 14 June 1953
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Date:Sunday 14 June 1953
Type:Ilyushin Il-12
Owner/operator:Aeroflot / Georgia
Registration: CCCP-L1375
MSN: 30103
Year of manufacture:1947
Total airframe hrs:30103 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:15 km NE of Zugdidi -   Georgia
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Krasnodar Airport (KRR/URKK)
Destination airport:Tbilisi Airport (TBS/UGGG)
Aeroflot flight 112 departed Moscow-Vnukovo Airport on a passenger flight to Tbilisi, with a planned stop at Rostov-on-Don.
The first leg of the flight was uneventful. En route to Tbilisi, the crew had to make an unscheduled stop at Krasnodar due to adverse weather conditions on the route.
The flight took off again at 15:07, bound for Tbilisi.
En route the flight encountered a sudden and severe thunderstorm. The airplane was struck by lightning and entered an uncontrolled dive. At an altitude of about 300 meters the crew attempted an abrupt recovery manouvre. This created an excessive overload causing the outer wing sections to break away. The airplane crashed nose-down on a wooded hillside and burst into flames.
Nato Vachnadze, a Georgian film actress was killed in the accident.



  • 31st worst accident in 1953
  • 14th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 5th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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