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Crash of a Boeing 737-8HG in Kozhikode: 18 killed

Date & Time: Aug 7, 2020 at 1940 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VT-AXH
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dubai - Kozhikode
MSN:
36323/2109
YOM:
2006
Flight number:
IX1344
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
184
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
18
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Dubai, the crew started the descent to Kozhikode-Calicut Airport and was cleared for an approach to runway 28. Weather conditions at destination were poor with limited visibility to 2 km due to heavy rain falls. At an altitude of 2,700 feet, the captain abandoned the approach and initiated a go around procedure. Following a circuit, the crew was then cleared for an approach to runway 10. By night, the aircraft landed 900 meters past the runway 10 threshold. Unable to stop within the remaining distance, the aircraft overran the wet runway surface, went down a 30 meters embankment and eventually came to rest on a small road, broken in two. The nose of the aircraft collided with a concrete wall and both pilots were killed as well as 16 passengers. At least 15 occupants were seriously injured and many others were evacuated to local hospital with injuries to various degrees.

Crash of a Dornier DO228-201 in Cochin: 9 killed

Date & Time: Jul 30, 1998 at 1105 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VT-EJW
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Agathi – Cochin – Thiruvananthapuram
MSN:
8075
YOM:
1986
Flight number:
LRR503
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Captain / Total flying hours:
5366
Captain / Total hours on type:
2271.00
Circumstances:
The aircraft was completing a flight from Agathi to Thiruvananthapuram with an intermediate stop in Cochin, carrying three passengers and three crew members. After takeoff from runway 17, at a height of about 400 feet, the aircraft pitched up steeply to a near vertical attitude and thereafter appeared to perform a manoeuvre similar to a stall turn to the right and crashed on the roof of the Component Repair Shop (CRS) building of the Naval Aircraft Yard. After impact the aircraft caught fire and was totally destroyed. All six occupants were killed as well as three people in the building. Six others received minor injuries.
Probable cause:
After take off the aircraft pitched up uncontrollably, stalled fell to its right and crashed. The uncontrollable pitch up was caused by sudden uncommanded downward movement of the Trimmable Horizontal Stabilizer leading edge. This was due to partial detachment of its 'actuator forward bearing support' fitting due non installation of required hi-lok fasteners. Poor aircraft maintenance practices at Short Haul Operations Department contributed to the accident.
Final Report:

Crash of an Antonov AN-32 on Mt Ponmudi: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jul 15, 1990 at 0955 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
K2705
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Tambaram – Thiruvananthapuram
MSN:
0410
YOM:
1985
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
While approaching Thiruvananthapuram Airport, the crew failed to realize his altitude was too low when the aircraft struck tree tops, stalled and crashed in a wooded area located on the slope of Mt Ponmudi. The wreckage was found about 37 km northeast of the airport and all five crew members were killed.

Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2A-21 Defender off Cochin

Date & Time: Dec 9, 1987
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
IN132
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Cochin - Cochin
MSN:
875
YOM:
1974
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a maritime patrol flight when an engine lost power in flight. The pilot ditched the aircraft few km off Cochin. All three occupants were evacuated safely while the aircraft sank and was lost.
Probable cause:
Loss of engine power for unknown reasons.

Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander off Cochin: 3 killed

Date & Time: Aug 7, 1986
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
IN131
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
873
YOM:
1979
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances in the sea while conducting a maritime patrol flight. All three crew members were killed.

Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2A-21 Islander off Alleypey

Date & Time: Jan 12, 1983
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed into the sea after takeoff from Alleypey for unknown reasons. The crew fate is unknown. The aircraft was operated on behalf of the 550th Squadron.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-50-DL in Kozhikode-Calicut: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jan 17, 1969 at 0645 LT
Operator:
Registration:
VT-DTH
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
10139
YOM:
1943
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Kozhikode-Calicut, while in initial climb, the airplane stalled and crashed, killing both pilots.
Probable cause:
It was reported that the aircraft speed was insufficient, causing it to stall.

Crash of a Consolidated B-24 Liberator near Palakkad: 10 killed

Date & Time: Feb 5, 1958
Operator:
Registration:
HE842
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Sulur - Sulur
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Circumstances:
The crew departed Sulur AFB, Tamil Nadu, on a training mission. En route, weather conditions deteriorated and the pilot-in-command decided to gain altitude when the aircraft hit the slope of a mountain shrouded in clouds and located in the region of Palakkad. All ten crew members were killed.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.86 Express in Cochin

Date & Time: Sep 15, 1942
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HX789
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
2306
YOM:
1934
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed on take off in unknown circumstances. No casualties.

Crash of a Supermarine Walrus I in Cochin: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 23, 1938
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
L2255
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a maritime patrol flight off Cochin, with a crew of three on board, all from the 'HMS Manchester' ship cruising off shore. While flying at low height along the shore in Cochin, the seaplane hit telephone cables, stalled and crashed in the harbor. Two crew members were killed while the third occupants was injured.
Crew:
Sub-Lieutenant John Frederick Repington Collins, pilot, †
Sub-Lieutenant Peter Noble Boxer, †
Lieutenant Francis Myrddin Griffiths.
Probable cause:
Crew error.