Descripción del Accidente ASN 11 MAY 1968 de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter IM-1719 - Saharanpur-Sarasawa Air Base
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Fecha:sbado 11 mayo 1968
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Operador:Indian Air Force - IAF
Registración: IM-1719
Numéro de série: 220
Año de Construcción: 1958
Horas Totales de la Célula:3256
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 2 / Ocupantes: 2
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 2 / Ocupantes: 2
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:cerca Saharanpur-Sarasawa Air Base (   India)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Saharanpur-Sarasawa Air Base (VISP), India
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Saharanpur-Sarasawa Air Base (VISP), India
The Otter broke up in flight while being test flown at 4,000 feet in conditions of severe turbulence.

The Court of Inquiry found that structural failure had occurred due to fatigue, as the aircraft had been operated for most of its life under gusty and turbulent conditions.
According to, a DHC technical representative inspected the wreckage. It appeared a wing had broken off, striking the tail. The tail plane then separated. He concluded that "catastrophic damage was incurred due to elevator tab flutter mechanism. Failure of the elevator caused loss of control, which permitted the aircraft to roll or 'bunt' over on its back, causing the wing to break in negative bending with subsequent destruction of the entire empennage and rear fuselage section".



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