Accident description
Last updated: 24 April 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 21 January 1955
Time:07:29
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-25-DK
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-COZ
C/n / msn: 13569
First flight: 1944
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:Guwahati (   India)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport (CCU/VECC), India
Destination airport:Guwahati-Borjhar Airport (GAU), India
Narrative:
The DC-3 left Calcutta at 05:46 for a cargo flight to Guwahati. Last radio contact with the flight was when the crew reported 10 miles from the Guwahati airport. The crew did not report joining the circuit as requested. It appeared that the aircraft had crashed after hitting trees.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The aircraft crashed in the course of a premature descent, during the final approach, as a result of hitting arecanut trees which were obscured from view by fog in the area."

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 50-AN/45 (61-64)


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Distance from Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport to Guwahati-Borjhar 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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