Accident
Last updated: 22 November 2014
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 8 March 1994
Time:14:54
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2R4C
Operator:Sahara Airlines
Registration: VT-SIA
C/n / msn: 21763/571
First flight: 1979-04-25 (14 years 11 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 5
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) (   India) show on map
Crash site elevation: 237 m (778 feet) amsl
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP), India
Destination airport:Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP), India
Narrative:
A Sahara India Airlines Boeing 737, VT-SIA, was engaged in a training flight with an instructor and 3 trainee pilots. Five circuits and landings were completed uneventfully. During the sixth touch-and-go exercise, after the take off from runway 28, the aircraft had climbed to 400-500 feet when it banked left and crashed at the International Terminal Apron. The wreckage of aircraft hit an Aeroflot Ilyushin 86 aircraft parked on Bay No. 45 as a result of which it also caught fire. Two Aeroflot employees, a Russian ground engineer and an airport worker were killed inside the Il-86. One employee of an airport oil company was killed on the tarmac.
The Ilyushin 86, RA-86119, had made an unscheduled diversion to Delhi due to technical problems. The airplane had been repaired and fully fuelled (52 tons).


PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident occurred due to application of wrong rudder by trainee pilot during engine failure exercise. Capt. did not guard/block the rudder control and give clear commands as Instructor so as to obviate the application of wrong rudder control by the trainee pilot".

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» Civil aviation aircraft accident summary for the year 1994 (DGAC India)
» Sahara Aircraft Crash at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi (India) / Mr Kishu Teckchandani (Aircraft Disaster Management Conference 27-29 March 1996)


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photo of Boeing 737-2R4C LN-NPB
LN-NPB flew for Norwegian airline Busy Bee for 12 years before being sold to the U.S. in 1991. In October 1993, the airplane was sold to Sahara India.
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Distance from Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport to Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport as the crow flies is 0 km (0 miles).

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