Descripción: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.
|Fecha:||15 MAY 1958|
|Operador:||Pakistan International Airlines - PIA|
|Numéro de série:|| 52|
|Año de Construcción:|| 1948|
|Horas Totales de la Célula:||12668|
|Tripulación:||Fatalidades: 4 / Ocupantes: 6|
|Pasajeros:||Fatalidades: 17 / Ocupantes: 32|
|Total:||Fatalidades: 21 / Ocupantes: 38 |
|Víctimas en Tierra:||Fatalidades: 2|
|Daños en la Aeronave:|| Anulado|
|Consecuencias:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Ubicación:||Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL) (India)
|Fase:|| Ascenso Inicial (ICL)|
|Naturaleza:||Vuelo Internacional Programado|
|Aeropuerto de Salida:||Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL/VIDP), India|
|Aeropuerto de Llegada:||Karachi International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Pakistán|
|Número de Vuelo:|| 205|
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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Distance from Delhi-Palam Airport to Karachi International Airport as the crow flies is 1061 km (663 miles).