Narrative:The Boeing 737 named "Saranga" collided with high tension wires during an NDB instrument approach, crashed and caught fire. The visibility was below minima, but the pilot continued the approach, descended below minimum descent altitude and selected 40deg. flaps without sighting the runway.
|Date:||31 MAY 1973|
|C/n / msn:|| 20486/279|
|First flight:|| 1971-03-26 (2 years 2 months)|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 7|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 43 / Occupants: 58|
|Total:||Fatalities: 48 / Occupants: 65 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||6 km (3.8 mls) from Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) (India)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Madras Airport (MAA/VOMM), India|
|Destination airport:||Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP), India|
The plane had taken off from Madras at 19:15.
» Deccan HeraldSample newspaper article from Newspaperarchive.com
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 Madras Airport to Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport as the crow flies is 1751 km (1094 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.