Accident description
Last updated: 30 July 2014
Status:Final
Date:Monday 7 May 1990
Time:09:17
Type:Silhouette image of generic B742 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-237B
Operator:Air-India
Registration: VT-EBO
C/n / msn: 20558/188
First flight: 1972-04-14 (18 years )
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7J
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 20
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 195
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 215
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) (   India) show on map
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP), India
Flightnumber: 132
Narrative:
The Boeing 747, named "Emperor Vikramaditya", touched down at Delhi after a flight from London. On application of reverse thrust, a failure of the no. 1 engine pylon to wing attachment caused this engine to tilt nose down. Hot exhaustion gasses caused a fire on the left wing. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was caused due to the migration of the improperly installed diagonal-brace aft fuse-pin of the No.1 engine from its fitting which substantially reduced the load carrying capability of the engine fittings resulting in failure of the upper-link forward fuse pin due to excessive loads on account of probably improper landing leading to a partial separation of engine and fire."

Classification:
Engine separation

Sources:
» NTSB/SIR-94/02 (p. 16)


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Distance from London-Heathrow Airport to Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport as the crow flies is 6682 km (4176 miles).

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