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Last updated: 18 November 2018
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Date:Sunday 19 November 1978
Time:ca 11:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-12
Operator:Indian Air Force - IAF
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 70 / Occupants: 70
Total:Fatalities: 77 / Occupants: 77
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:0,5 km (0.3 mls) from Leh Airport (IXL) (   India)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Chandigarh Airport (IXC/VICG), India
Destination airport:Leh Airport (IXL/VILH), India
Narrative:
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.

Sources:
» Flight International 25 November 1978 (1920)
» Soviet Transports (1994)


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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.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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Antonov An-12

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