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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 1 January 1980
Time:20:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2A8
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-EAH
C/n / msn: 20481/271
First flight: 1970-11-24 (9 years 1 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Ahmedabad Airport (AMD) (   India)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL/VIDP), India
Destination airport:Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL/VIDP), India
Narrative:
During a touch-and-go exercise on a training flight, the pilot instructor cut off power to simulate a right-hand engine failure. Observing aircraft speed falling below the bug speed, the pilot instructor cautioned the trainee pilot. The trainee pilot eased the control column forward and reduced the pitch to arrest further fall in aircraft speed. However, on observing further reduction in speed of the aircraft, the instructor pilot pushed forward the power levers, but before the engines could spool up, the aircraft mushed into the ground and sustained substantial damage.

Probable Cause:

The probable cause of the accident has been attributed to failure on the part of the flight crew to ensure that both engines were developing take-off EPR before the right-hand engine thrust lever was pulled back. This resulted from disregard and lack of adherence to the prescribed procedures of giving standard callouts and monitoring of thrust lever(s) position and engine instruments, etc.

Sources:
» Accidents summary 1980 / Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, CAD, ASD


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