Narrative:The Archana Airways Let 410 was operating a round trip flight from Delhi with enroute stops at Shimla and Bhuntar. The plane took off from Shimla at 08:33 for the next leg to Bhuntar. The aircraft crashed into a thick forest on the Bandi Hill and caught fire, some 6 minutes past its ETA time of 08:54.
|Date:||Thursday 11 July 1996|
|C/n / msn:|| 942703|
|First flight:|| 1994|
|Engines:|| 2 Walter M-601E|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6|
|Total:||Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Kanda (India)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Shimla Airport (SLV/VISM), India|
|Destination airport:||Kulu-Bhuntar Airport (KUU/VIBR), India|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident to Archana Airways L-410 aircraft VT-ETC was due to a complete lack of safety awareness, proper supervision and operational control in the organisation."
» Civil aviation aircraft accident summary for the year 1996 (DGAC India)
» The Indian Express
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Shimla Airport to Kulu-Bhuntar Airport as the crow flies is 88 km (55 miles).