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Accident description
Last updated: 29 November 2015
Date:Wednesday 15 November 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 768D Viscount
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-DIH
C/n / msn: 195
First flight: 1957
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 36
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 42
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Colombo-Ratmalana Airport (RML) (   Sri Lanka)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Madras Airport (MAA/VOMM), India
Destination airport:Colombo-Ratmalana Airport (RML/VCCC), Sri Lanka
The Indian Airlines Viscount touched down about one third down the runway of Colombo-Ratmalana. The gear then retracted, causing the plane to swerve to the left off the runway.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The co-pilot interfered with the controls, and initiated overshoot action without any instructions from the captain, by opening the throttles and retracting the undercarriage at the critical stage of landing just after touchdown. The action of the co-pilot, however well meant, was both unauthorized and unwarranted."



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Distance from Madras Airport to Colombo-Ratmalana Airport as the crow flies is 683 km (427 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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