Narrative:The DC-8 took off from Bangkok at 11:21 UTC. Clearance for a straight-in ILS approach to Delhi runway 28 was given at 14:43 UTC. Shortly after reporting 23DME, the aircraft struck the banks of River Yamuna.
|Date:||Wednesday 14 June 1972|
|Operator:||Japan Air Lines - JAL|
|C/n / msn:|| 45680/213|
|First flight:|| 1964|
|Engines:|| 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 11|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 72 / Occupants: 76|
|Total:||Fatalities: 82 / Occupants: 87 |
|Ground casualties:||Fatalities: 3|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||ca 20 km E of Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL) (India)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand|
|Destination airport:||Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL/VIDP), India|
PROBABLE CAUSE: Japanese investigators claimed a false glide path signal to be responsible for the descent into terrain. Indian investigators say the accident was caused by a total disregard of laid down procedures by the crew and abandoning all instrument indications without properly ensuring sighting of the runway.
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport to Delhi-Palam Airport as the crow flies is 2905 km (1815 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.