Accident description
Last updated: 25 July 2014
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 20 December 1973
Time:00:33
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-330B
Operator:Lufthansa
Registration: D-ABOT
C/n / msn: 18463/363
First flight: 1964
Total airframe hrs:41731
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 98
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 109
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Delhi (   India)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand
Destination airport:Delhi (unknown airport), India
Narrative:
The aircraft undershot the Delhi runway and collided with the Middle Marker building.

PROBABLE CAUSE: Deviation from the approved established procedure and failure to exercise adequate monitory control and supervision of the flight and to initiate a timely go-around action. Contributory factors were lack of adequate weather information and optical illusion created by a haze/fog layer upto ca. 200ft above ground level.

Classification:

Sources:
» FUS Bericht 2X002-0/73


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