Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 14 April 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-70-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Airways (India)
Registration: VT-AUJ
C/n / msn: 19149
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:80 km (50 mls) SW of Guwahati (   India)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Guwahati-Borjhar Airport (GAU), India
Destination airport:Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport (CCU/VECC), India
Narrative:
Disintegrated in midair and crashed in the Khasi hills.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The port wing failed in the air due to an upload as a result of being subjected to loads greater than those for which it was designed."

Classification:
Wing failure
Loss of control

Sources:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 55)


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Distance from Guwahati-Borjhar Airport to Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport as the crow flies is 495 km (310 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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