Date & Time: Jun 22, 1982 at 0434 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Singapore - Kuala Lumpur - Bombay
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Following an uneventful flight from Singapore via Kuala Lumpur, the crew started the descent to Bombay-Santa Cruz Airport by night. The visibility was poor due to the combination of fog and night. On final, the captain reduced engine power at minimum, causing the aircraft to adopt an excessive rate of descent. Twelve seconds later, the aircraft landed hard on runway 27. Main wheel wells and tires were damaged upon impact and several alarms sounded in the cockpit. The captain increased engine power and decided to initiate a go-around. The airplane continued for few hundred meters but rolled on the right shoulder of the runway before takeoff. After liftoff, the stick shaker activated as the aircraft was in stall conditions. It lost height then crashed near the runway end, bursting into flames. Two crew members and 15 passengers were killed, 45 other occupants were injured and 49 others escaped uninjured.
Wrong approach configuration on part of the crew who led the aircraft adopt an excessive rate of descent during the last segment.