Accident Junkers Ju-52/3m CCCP-L41, Thursday 15 March 1945
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Date:Thursday 15 March 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic JU52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Junkers Ju-52/3m
Owner/operator:Aeroflot / Turkmenistan
Registration: CCCP-L41
MSN: 5457
Year of manufacture:1935
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:4 km from Chardzhou Airport (CRZ) -   Turkmenistan
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Ashgabat Airport (ASB/UTAA)
Destination airport:Chardzhou Airport (CRZ/UTAV)
Force-landed after one engine failed.
The Ju-52 operated on a positioning flight from Ashkhabad to Alma-Ata for overhaul by ARM-405. While en route near Repetek on the leg from Ashkhabad to Chardzhou (now Türkmenabat) the right engine failed.
The pilot decided to go around on landing at Chardzhou as he was not able to make out the landing T, being blinded by flying against the sun. The aircraft lost height and speed while flying a left turn and the aircraft collided with an irrigation canal and trees 4 km from the airfield. The landing gear separated, as well as the flaps and ailerons. Both outer engines broke off before the plane came to rest.


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