Date & Time:
Oct 29, 2008 at 1055 LT
Chandigarh - Ludhiana
King Air aircraft owned and operated by the Government of Punjab was operating a positioning flight from Chandigarh to Ludhiana with two crew on board. The flight en-route up to overhead Ludhiana was uneventful. Crew located the runway late due prevailing low visibility. They were not comfortable with the approach and made a go around; a non-standard go-around due to low visibility. In the anxiety to not to loose the sight of the field they descended in three orbits in the vicinity of the airfield on the west side of runway 12, perhaps to land after making the short circuit from the right. However they lost the control and impacted with the ground in the steep left bank. Aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and post impact fire. Both occupants died due to fire and collapsing aircraft structure.
Accident occurred due to loss of control while in base leg for landing at R/W 12 after executing go around on runway 12.
-low visibility reduced the margin of safety, may have caused severe disorientation, influenced their decision and played on crew for use of non standard procedures.
-both crew lacked qualification/experience and familiarity with the type of aircraft and terrain.
-smoke in the cockpit further reduced the margin of safety and distracted the attention of the crew.
-obstruction in the flight path made the crew to take severe action and led to loss of control.
-lack of operational control and supervision by the organization.
-pilot lacked in training and experience.