Date & Time: Jul 3, 1973 at 2030 LT
Type of aircraft:
Sud-Aviation SE-210 Caravelle
Landing (descent or approach)
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
On final approach to Bombay-Santa Cruz Airport, the airplane adopted a nose down attitude and landed nose first at an excessive speed. Upon impact, the nose gear collapsed and the airplane slid on its nose until it came to a halt on runway. A fire erupted in the nose gear bay. All 15 occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
The copilot was the pilot-in-command at the time of the accident. It was determined that he adopted a wrong approach configuration, causing the aircraft to land nose first at a too high speed. A lack of supervision on part of the captain was also considered.