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Accident description
Last updated: 28 March 2015
Date:Monday 29 September 1986
Type:Airbus A300B2-1C
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-ELV
C/n / msn: 022
First flight: 1976-01-23 (10 years 8 months)
Engines: 2 General Electric CF6-50C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 185
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 196
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Chennai (Madras) Airport (MAA) (   India)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Madras Airport (MAA/VOMM), India
Destination airport:Mumbai (Bombay) Airport (BOM/VABB), India
Flightnumber: 571
The co-pilot was carrying out the take-off when the flight crew spotted a large bird on the right side and, when travelling at 150 knots, another large bird on the centreline. The aircraft was rotated to 5-8deg when a loud sound on the right hand side was followed by severe vibration. The captain took over the controls and aborted the take-off. The aircraft couldn't be stopped on the runway and overran.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Wrong decision of the commander to reject the take-off after the aircraft had been rotated for a lift-off, following a loud sound and severe vibrations from right engine due to bird hit."

Bird strike
Runway excursion

» Aviation Letter 240
» Vogel und Luftverkehr 15-1995 (132)


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Distance from Madras Airport to Mumbai (Bombay) Airport as the crow flies is 1028 km (643 miles).

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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