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Accident description
Last updated: 1 December 2015
Date:Monday 26 April 1993
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2A8
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-ECQ
C/n / msn: 20961/375
First flight: 1974-09-18 (18 years 8 months)
Total airframe hrs:43886
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 53 / Occupants: 112
Total:Fatalities: 55 / Occupants: 118
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) NE of Aurangabad Airport (IXU) (   India)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Aurangabad-Chikkalthana Airport (IXU/VAAU), India
Destination airport:Bombay-Sahar International Airport (BOM/VABB), India
Flightnumber: 491
Boeing 737 VT-ECQ was operating flight IC-491 from Delhi to Bombay with enroute stops at Jaipur, Udaipur and Aurangabad. The heavily laden aircraft started its takeoff roll from Aurangabad's runway 09 (which is approx 7500 feet long) in high temperatures (38-41deg C). After lifting off almost at the end of the runway, it impacted heavily with a lorry carrying pressed cotton bales on a highway at a distance of about 410 feet from the end of runway. The left main landing gear, left engine bottom cowling and thrust reverser impacted the left side of the truck at a height of nearly seven feet from the level of the road. Thereafter the aircraft hit the high tension electric wires nearly 3 kms North-East of the runway and hit the ground.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "(i) Pilots' error in initiating late rotation and following wrong rotation technique, and (ii) failure of the NAA to regulate the mobile traffic on the Beed road during the flight hours".

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Distance from Aurangabad-Chikkalthana Airport to Bombay-Sahar International Airport as the crow flies is 277 km (173 miles).

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