Accident description
Last updated: 23 August 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 16 June 1981
Type:Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. HAL-748-224 Srs. 2
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-DXI
C/n / msn: 514
First flight: 1968
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 24
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 28
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Tirupati Airport (TIR) (   India)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tirupati Airport (TIR/VOTP), India
Destination airport:?
Flightnumber: 519
Narrative:
The aircraft climbed to 245 feet until it encountered an area of heavy rainfall. The speed dropped and the aircraft descended into the ground tail-first.
While descending, the flaps were retracted inadvertently.


PROBABLE CAUSE: "The aircraft encountered heavy rains and downdraft immediately after take-off, while passing through an active cumulonimbus cloud, and poor airmanship exhibited by the flight crew"

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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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