Date & Time: May 31, 1973 at 2158 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Madras - New Delhi
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
On final approach to New Delhi-Palam Airport by night, the crew encountered poor weather conditions. In below-minimum visibility, despite he was unable to locate the runway, the captain decided to continue the approach and passed below the glide. With the flaps down to 40°, the airplane struck power cables and crashed in flames near the district of Vasant Vihar, about 3 km east of the airport. Five crew members and 43 passengers were killed while 17 other occupants were injured.
Wrong approach configuration and poor flight planing on part of the flight crew.