ASN Aircraft accident Antonov An-12B L650 Leh Airport (IXL)
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Date:Sunday 19 November 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-12B
Operator:Indian Air Force - IAF
Registration: L650
MSN: 6344210
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 70 / Occupants: 70
Total:Fatalities: 77 / Occupants: 77
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:0,5 km (0.3 mls) from Leh Airport (IXL) (   India)
Crash site elevation: 3923 m (12871 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Chandigarh Airport (IXC/VICG), India
Destination airport:Leh Airport (IXL/VILH), India
The Antonov crashed near Leh Airport, located at a 12870 feet altitude in the Himalaya Mountains.
The airplane struck a hut, killing a woman and burst into flames.


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Distance from Chandigarh Airport to Leh Airport as the crow flies is 389 km (243 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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Antonov An-12

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  • 72nd loss
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