Accident description
Last updated: 30 September 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 31 May 1973
Time:ca 21:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2A8
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-EAM
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: Damaged beyond repair
Location:6 km (3.8 mls) from Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) (   India) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Madras Airport (MAA/VOMM), India
Destination airport:Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP), India
Flightnumber: 440
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.
The plane had taken off from Madras at 19:15.


Classification:
Low visibility
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» Deccan Herald


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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.
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