Accident description
Last updated: 25 April 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 31 March 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-60-DL
Operator:National Air Operators
Registration: VT-DCM
C/n / msn: 10230
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:Indapur (   India)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Asansol, India
Destination airport:Bagdogra Airport (IXB/VEBD), India
Narrative:
The DC-3 took off from Asansol at 04:20 for a cargo flight to Bagdogra. Last radio contact was 58 minutes after takeoff, at 40 miles from Bagdogra. It appeared the aircraft had crashed 30 miles SW of Bagdogra.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A down-draught which forced down the fully loaded aircraft to the ground when it was flying under exceptionally severe weather conditions below 1000ft, and possibly at a few hundred feet above the terrain."

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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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