Accident Douglas DC-2-152 URSS-M25, Friday 6 August 1937
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Date:Friday 6 August 1937
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-2-152
Owner/operator:Aeroflot, International Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: URSS-M25
MSN: 1413
Year of manufacture:1935
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:near Herina, Bistrita-Nasaud County -   Romania
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Cluj-Napoca Airport (CLJ/LRCL)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The aircraft crashed into a forest following an in-flight explosion and fire. It appeared a passenger lit a cigarette in the toilet, were avgas fumes had accumulated. One of the passenger jumped off the plane at altitude trying to escape fire.
Local sources at the time reported that the aircraft operated on a flight from Moscow to Prague with an en route stop in Ukraine.
Other sources claim the flight had departed Bucharest en route to Moscow.
The accident location is about 64 km northeast of Cluj and 220 km north-northwest of Bucharest. This would support the theory that the aircraft had taken off from Cluj, en route towards Moscow.

Sources:

Soviet Transports
Groaza in cer -Avion de pasageri prabusit pe Herina 1937 (holland.ro)
Groaza în cer... Un avion bolsevic de pasageri – prabusit în Herina (bistriteanul.ro, 5 July 2016)
Interavia, 1937

Statistics

  • 35th worst accident in 1937
  • 25th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 8th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

Location

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Apr-2024 17:03 zerocinquanta Updated [Source, Narrative]

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