Unfallbericht:The PIA Convair CV-240 aircraft had landed at Delhi-Palam at 19:02 hours following an uneventful flight from Karachi. It was prepared for the return flight and taxied to runway 27 for departure. It was a moonless night and the visibility was almost 3 km due to dust haze. Takeoff was away from the built up area so there were no visual reference points and there was nothing which could have given the pilot a natural horizon. Takeoff was commenced at 20:18. Shortly after becoming airborne the landing gear was raised. Then the airplane began to descend again. It struck the ground at a shallow nose-down angle with the port wing slightly low and caught fire.
|Datum:||Donnerstag 15 Mai 1958|
|Fluggesellschaft:||Pakistan International Airlines - PIA|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 6|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 17 / Insassen: 32|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 21 / Insassen: 38 |
|Opfer am Boden:||Todesopfer: 2|
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL) (Indien)
|Flugphase:|| Anfangssteigflug (ICL)|
|Flug von:||Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL/VIDP), Indien|
|Flug nach:||Karachi International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Pakistan|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain did not properly observe and interpret his flight instruments and thus inadvertently permitted the aircraft to descend to the ground immediately after a night takeoff during which no visual reference was possible. A contributory factor may have been the slow reactions of the captain due to his state of health."
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (135-138)
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display the exact flight path.
Distance from Delhi-Palam Airport to Karachi International Airport as the crow flies is 1061 km (663 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.