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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2016
Date:Tuesday 16 June 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic A748 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
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: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (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:Hyderabad-Begumpet Airport (HYD/VOHY), India
The aircraft climbed to 245 feet after takeoff 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"

» Accidents summary 1981 / Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, CAD, ASD


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Distance from Tirupati Airport to Hyderabad-Begumpet Airport as the crow flies is 438 km (274 miles).

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