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Crash of a Beechcraft B250GT Super King Air in Gwalior

Date & Time: May 6, 2021 at 2100 LT
Operator:
Registration:
VT-MPQ
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Indore - Gwalior
MSN:
BY-373
YOM:
2020
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Indore on an ambulance flight to Gwalior, carrying one passenger, two pilots and a load of boxes containing Covid vaccines. On final approach by night, the airplane collided with an aircraft arrester barrier system located about 80 metres short of runway 06R threshold. On impact, the aircraft nosed down, causing the nose gear to be torn off and the nose to be destroyed. Both propellers detached and both main gear collapsed. The fuselage was bent near the tail. All three occupants escaped with minor injuries.

Crash of a Partenavia P.68C Observer 2 in Bhopal

Date & Time: Mar 27, 2021 at 1600 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VT-TAA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Bhopal - Guna
MSN:
398-07-OB2
YOM:
1994
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Bhopal-Raja Bhoj Airport on a flight to Guna, carrying three pilots. Shortly after takeoff, the crew reported technical problems and elected to make an emergency landing when the aircraft crashed in an open field located in Bishan Khedi, about 5 km northeast of the airport. All three occupants were injured and the aircraft was destroyed.

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 Cessna 560XL Citation Excel in Aligarh

Date & Time: Aug 27, 2019
Operator:
Registration:
VT-AVV
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
New Delhi - Aligarh
MSN:
560-5259
YOM:
2002
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The airplane departed New Delhi-Palam Airport on a positioning flight to Aligarh-Dhanipur Airport for maintenance purposes. On final approach, the airplane struck power cable then landed hard on runway 11/29. Out of control, it veered off runway and came to rest in flames in a grassy area. All six occupants escaped without injuries while the aircraft was totally destroyed by a post crash fire.

Crash of an Antonov AN-32 near Lipo: 13 killed

Date & Time: Jun 3, 2019 at 1300 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
K2752
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Jorhat - Mechuka
MSN:
1009
YOM:
1987
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
13
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Jorhat Airport at 1227LT on a flight to Mechuka, Arunachal Pradesh. About half an hour later, while in cruising altitude, radio and radar contact was lost. SAR operations were quickly initiated and the wreckage was spotted eight days later, on June 11, by the crew of a Mil Mi-17 helicopter near the village of Lipo. The wreckage was found at an altitude of 12,000 feet in a wooded and steep area, about 34 km southeast of Mechuka Airport. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all 13 occupants were killed.

Crash of a Beechcraft C90A King Air in Mumbai: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jun 28, 2018 at 1315 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VT-UPZ
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Juhu - Juhu
MSN:
LJ-1400
YOM:
1995
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
Following technical maintenance, a test flight was scheduled with two engineers and two pilots. The twin engine airplane departed Mumbai-Juhu Airport and the crew completed several manoeuvres over the city before returning. On approach in heavy rain falls, the aircraft went out of control and crashed in flames at the bottom of a building under construction located in the Ghatkopar West district, some 3 km east from Mumbai Intl Airport. The aircraft was completely destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and all four occupants were killed as well as one person on the ground.

Crash of a Beechcraft 200 Super King Air in New Delhi: 10 killed

Date & Time: Dec 22, 2015 at 0938 LT
Operator:
Registration:
VT-BSA
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
New Delhi - Ranchi
MSN:
BB-1485
YOM:
1994
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Captain / Total flying hours:
964
Captain / Total hours on type:
764.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
891
Copilot / Total hours on type:
691
Aircraft flight hours:
4766
Aircraft flight cycles:
2745
Circumstances:
Beechcraft Super King Air B-200 aircraft, VT-BSA belonging to BSF Air Wing was involved in an accident on 22.12.2015 while operating a flight from IGI Airport, New Delhi to Ranchi. The flight was under the command of a CPL holder with another CPL holder as Second-in-Command. There were ten persons on board including two flight crew members. As per the scheduling procedure of the Operator, the flying programme for 22.12.2015 was approved by the ADG (Logistics) on the recommendation of the DIG (Air) for VT-BSA on 21.12.2015. The programme included names of the flight crew along with the following sectors: from Delhi to Ranchi ETD 0800 ETA 1030 and from Ranchi to Delhi ETD 1300 ETA 1600. The task was as per instructions on the subject dated 23rd July 2015. As per the weight & load data sheet there were 8 passengers with 20 Kgs. of baggage in the aft cabin compartment. The actual take-off weight shown was 5668.85 Kgs as against the maximum take-off weight of 5669.9 Kgs. Fuel uplifted was 1085 Kgs. The aircraft was taken out of hangar of the Operator at 0655 hrs on 22.12.2015 and parked outside the hangar for operating the subject flight. At around 0745 hrs, the passengers reached the aircraft who were mainly technical personnel supposed to carry out scheduled maintenance of Mi-17 helicopter of the Operator at Ranchi. They were carrying their personnel baggage along with tools and equipment required for the maintenance. At around 0915 hrs the flight crew contacted ATC Delhi and requested for clearance to operate the flight to Ranchi. The aircraft was cleared to Ranchi via R460 and FL210. Runway in use was given as 28. At 0918 hrs the doors were closed and the flight crew had started carrying out the check list. After the ATC issued taxi clearance, the aircraft had stopped for some time after commencing taxiing. The pilot informed the ATC that they will take 10 minutes delay for further taxi due to some administrative reasons. The taxi clearance was accordingly cancelled. After a halt of about 6 to 7 minutes, the pilot again requested the ATC for taxi clearance and the same was approved by the ATC. Thereafter, the aircraft was given take-off clearance from runway 28. The weather at the time of take-off was: Visibility 800 meters with Winds at 100°/03 knots. Shortly after take-off and attaining a height of approximately 400 feet AGL, the aircraft progressively turned left with simultaneous loss of height. It had taken a turn of approximately 180o and impacted some trees before hitting the outside perimeter road of the airport in a left bank attitude. Thereafter, it impacted 'head on' with the outside boundary wall of the airport. After breaking the outside boundary wall, the wings impacted two trees and the aircraft hit the holding tank of the water treatment plant. The tail portion and part of the fuselage overturned and went into the water tank. There was post impact fire and the portion of the aircraft outside the water tank was destroyed by fire. All passengers and crew received fatal injuries due impact and fire. The ELT was operated at 0410 hours UTC (0940 hours IST). The fire fighting team reached the site and extinguished the fire. The bodies were then recovered from the accident site. 08 bodies were recovered from the holding tank of the water treatment plant and bodies of both pilots were recovered from the heavily burnt portion of the cockpit lying adjacent (outside) to the wall of the holding tank of the water treatment tank.
Probable cause:
The accident was caused due to engagement of the autopilot without selecting the heading mode by the flight crew just after liftoff (before attaining sufficient height) in poor foggy conditions and not taking corrective action to control the progressive increase in left bank; thereby, allowing the aircraft to traverse 180° turn causing the aircraft to lose height in a steep left bank attitude followed by impact with the terrain.
Final Report:

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-8-402Q in Jabalpur

Date & Time: Dec 4, 2015 at 1922 LT
Operator:
Registration:
VT-SUC
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Mumbai – Jabalpur
MSN:
4377
YOM:
2011
Flight number:
SG2458
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
49
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
7748
Captain / Total hours on type:
2148.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
7804
Copilot / Total hours on type:
137
Aircraft flight hours:
11928
Aircraft flight cycles:
11214
Circumstances:
Bombardier Q-400 aircraft VT-SUC belonging to M/s Spice jet Ltd. was involved in wild life strike accident during landing roll at Jabalpur while operating scheduled flight SG2458 from Mumbai to Jabalpur on 04.12.2015. The aircraft was under the command of pilot holding ATPL & duly qualified on type with First Officer also an ATPL holder and qualified on type. There were 49 passengers and 02 cabin crew on board the aircraft. The aircraft VT-SUC took-off from Mumbai for Jabalpur at around 1200 UTC. The enroute flight was uneventful. The aircraft came in contact with ATC Jabalpur at around 1323 UTC. The ATC reported prevailing weather at Jabalpur as surface winds calm, visibility 5000 meters, weather Haze, nonsignificant clouds, and temp 24° C. At 1342 UTC the pilot requested ATC for visual approach runway 06. The ATC cleared VT-SUC for visual approach runway 06 and asked to confirm when runway in sight. At 1347 UTC the pilot confirmed the runway in sight and requested for landing clearance and the same was acknowledged by ATC. The aircraft landed on runway 06 and about 05 to 06 seconds after touch down at around 1350 UTC the aircraft hit wild boars on the runway. The pilot stated that as it was dawn they did not see the wild boars on runway during approach, and saw the wild boars only after touch down and when they were very close to them, also they did not had adequate time to react so as to take any evasive action. Hence, one of the wild boars on runway impacted with LH main landing gear due which the LH Main landing gear got collapsed and the aircraft started drifting towards left. Thereafter LH engine propeller blades came in contact with ground and got sheared off. The aircraft dragged on its belly for around 182 feet and in the process the nose landing gear also collapsed. The aircraft then veered to the left of the center line and subsequently exited the runway onto the left side and came to final halt position in Soft Ground. The pilot then confirmed with first officer about fire and once getting assured that there was no fire gave evacuation call outs. The pilot then contacted ATC for assistance and informed that there were 10 to 11 pigs on the runway and the aircraft had hit the pig and gone off the runway. The Crash Fire Tender (CFT) team along with operational jeep reached the accident site. The pilot shut down the engines. All the passengers were then evacuated safely from the RH side. There was no injury to any of the occupants on board the aircraft and there was no fire.
Probable cause:
The aircraft during its landing roll had a wild life (Wild Boars) strike on the runway, resulting in collapse of left main landing gear and subsequently the aircraft veered to the left of the runway.
Contributory factor:
The presence of wild life in the operational area and the runway was due to several breaches in the boundary wall.
Final Report:

Crash of a Dornier DO228-101 off Pichavaram: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jun 8, 2015 at 2123 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CG791
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Chennai - Chennai
MSN:
4114
YOM:
2014
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The crew departed Chennai NAS at 1730LT on a maritime patrol flight along the Tamil Nadu coast and over the Palk Bay. The last radio contact was established at 2100LT and the last radar contact was observed at 2123LT while the aircraft was cruising at an altitude of 9,000 feet some 176 km offshore. SAR operations were initiated and some debris were found the following morning. All three occupants, two pilots and one observer, were killed. On July 10, the wreckage was found at a depth of 995 metres some 30 km off Pichavaram.

Crash of a Dornier DO228-201 off Dabolim: 2 killed

Date & Time: Mar 24, 2015 at 2208 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
IN-240
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dabolim - Dabolim
MSN:
4079
YOM:
2009
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a training sortie from the Dabolim-Hansa Naval Air Station, State of Goa, on behalf of the 310th Naval Air Squadron. While flying by night, the twin engine aircraft crashed in the Indian Ocean about 45 km southwest of Dabolim Airport. A pilot was rescued and both other occupants (a second pilot and an observer) were killed.