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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:
Date:Sunday 5 May 1957
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-AUV
C/n / msn: 20318
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Santoshpur village (   India)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Silchar-Kumbhirgram Airport (IXS/VEKU), India
Destination airport:Calcutta Airport (CCU/VECC), India
Narrative:
The DC-3 departed Kumbhirgram for a flight to Calcutta. Soon after takeoff the aircraft crashed into the ground. Fire broke out in both engine nacelles, but was extinguished quickly by the heavy rain.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident is attributed to the insufficient altitude at which the aircraft was flown during an attempt to fly through a thunderstorm. Down-draughts and divergent winds encountered, forced the aircraft to the ground."



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Distance from Silchar-Kumbhirgram Airport to Calcutta Airport as the crow flies is 522 km (326 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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