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Last updated: 18 November 2018
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Date:Saturday 12 December 1953
Time:03:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-CHF
C/n / msn: 11810
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 14
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,2 km (0.8 mls) from Nagpur-Sonegaon Airport (NAG) (   India)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Nagpur-Sonegaon Airport (NAG/VANP), India
Destination airport:Madras Airport (MAA/VOMM), India
Narrative:
The DC-3 lost height quickly after takeoff and crashed in a field and burst into flames some 4000 feet from the airport.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Loss of critical height during a steep left hand turn, with the undercarriage down, executed by the pilot at an unsafe altitude in an attempt to return to the aerodrome, after experiencing a temporary loss of power of the left engine soon after getting airborne. A false right engine fire warning precipitated the attempt at a forced landing."

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 39-AN/34 (132-135)
» Indian Airlines Corporation vs Sm. Madhuri Chowdhuri And Ors. on 27 May, 1964


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Distance from Nagpur-Sonegaon Airport to Madras Airport as the crow flies is 903 km (564 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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