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Accident
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Datum:zaterdag 27 december 1947
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-48C (DC-3)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Air-India
Registratie: VT-AUG
Constructienummer: 4175
Bouwjaar: 1941
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 19 / inzittenden: 19
Totaal:slachtoffers: 23 / inzittenden: 23
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Korangi Creek (   Pakistan)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Karachi International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Pakistan
Vliegveld van aankomst:Bombay-Santacruz Airport (BOM/VABB), India
Beschrijving:
The aircraft was on a return flight from Karachi to Bombay at night. Just prior to flight the captain called the mechanic to the cockpit because of an instrument light failure. Fuses were changed and the lights operated satisfactorily. Shortly afterwards the captain again called for the mechanic, as only one landing light would operate, but he decided, however, to conduct the flight with only this one light. The captain remarked he thought he could smell burning.
Weather conditions at the time were wind west 10-15 kts, gusty, dust haze, visibility horizontally 1,100 yards to one mile, vertically and obliquely bad. About ten minutes after takeoff the aircraft was seen to be gradually losing height over the marine base at Karachi and crashed nearby with engines under power, hitting the ground at an angle of 30 degrees whilst in a violent side slip to starboard. All nineteen passengers and four crew were killed.

This aircraft had experienced a considerable amount of trouble with its electrical equipment with a large number of fuses and bulbs replaced, also there had been an unusual number of instrument replacements.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain losing control in conditions of bad visibility resulting in the aircraft flying into the ground. The loss of control was most likely caused by inadequate illumination of the flying instruments due to faults in the lighting system. The captain was seriously at fault in deciding to takeoff for a night flight in bad visibility after his instrument panel lighting had proved unserviceable, and before a thorough check be made."



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Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Karachi International Airport en Bombay-Santacruz Airport bedraagt 869 km (543 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 2547e ongeval
  • 764e dodelijk ongeval
  • 50e zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 158e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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 Pakistan
  • The zwaarste ongeval (toen het plaatsvond)
  • 14e zwaarste ongeval (op dit moment)
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