ASN Aircraft accident Fokker F-27 Friendship 100 VT-DMB Cooch Behar Airport (COH)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 6 July 1987
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-27 Friendship 100
Registration: VT-DMB
MSN: 10172
First flight: 1961
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 514
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 24
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Cooch Behar Airport (COH) (   India)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Calcutta Airport (CCU/VECC), India
Destination airport:Cooch Behar Airport (COH/VECO), India
The F-27 sustained substantial damage when the nose landing gear collapsed in a runway excursion accident.
The aircraft encountered heavy rain while overhead the airport. Visibility decreased, so the pilot circled five times over the field for weather to improve.
Upon landing the aircraft ran off the runway, bogging down in soft soil.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Pilot effecting late touch down with higher speed under the prevailing heavy rains. The decision to land in visibility below minima condition and existence of tall trees in the approach funnel were the contributory factors."

Runway excursion

» Civil aviation aircraft accident summary for the year 1987 (DGAC India)


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Distance from Calcutta Airport to Cooch Behar Airport as the crow flies is 419 km (262 miles).

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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