Accident description
Last updated: 25 July 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 24 March 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-85-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-CYN
C/n / msn: 19988
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:25 km (15.6 mls) from Kathmandu (   Nepal)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Simra Airport (SIF/VNSI), Nepal
Destination airport:Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM/VNKT), Nepal
Narrative:
Due to a navigational error the DC-3 entered a wrong valley while on its way to Kathmandu. While manoeuvring to make a turn the aircraft stalled and crashed.

Classification:
Navigational error
Loss of control

Sources:
» Spokane Daily Chronicle - Mar 25, 1958


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Distance from Simra Airport to Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport as the crow flies is 70 km (44 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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