Narrative:The Constellation was on a flight from Batavia (now Jakarta) to Amsterdam when it took off from Delhi at 00:39 GMT after an intermediate stop. At 03:22 GMT the plane arrived over Mumbai (Bombay) at 7000 feet for another intermediate stop. The flight was cleared to descend to 500-600 feet and vectored for a runway 23 approach. At 03:50 GMT the aircraft struck a 674 feet high mist-shrouded hill and crashed.
|Date:||Tuesday 12 July 1949|
Lockheed L-749-79-33 Constellation
|Operator:||KLM Royal Dutch Airlines|
|C/n / msn:|| 2558|
|First flight:|| 1947|
|Total airframe hrs:||3381|
|Engines:|| 4 Wright 749-C18BD1 Cyclone|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 34|
|Total:||Fatalities: 45 / Occupants: 45 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||5 km (3.1 mls) ENE of Bombay-Santacruz Airport (BOM) ( India)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL/VIDP), India|
|Destination airport:||Bombay-Santacruz Airport (BOM/VABB), India|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board was of the opinion that two successive errors of judgment were committed by the pilot. These were as follows: (1) He initiated a landing procedure at an aerodrome with which he was not acquainted, in weather conditions which were lower than the minimum prescribed for landings on that aerodrome; (2) On arrival over the aerodrome, he flew at too low an altitude over a terrain which he must have known to include a hill which constituted a hazard for his aircraft, which hill he was not able to see, on account of the poor visibility and low cloud. The Board further considered that the following factors contributed towards the accident to a considerable extent: a) air traffic control did not advise the pilot to delay his landing until the weather conditions had improved, or otherwise to divert to another aerodrome; b) air traffic control designated a runway for the landing which necessitated the aircraft venturing low over dangerous terrain as indicated in 2) above."
» ICAO Circular 18-AN/15 (35-42)
» Uitspraak ongeval PH-TDF / Raad voor de Luchtvaart
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Distance from Delhi-Palam Airport to Bombay-Santacruz Airport as the crow flies is 1131 km (707 miles).