Accident description
Last updated: 1 August 2014
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 11 July 1996
Time:ca 08:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic L410 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Let L-410UVP-E9D
Operator:Archana Airways
Registration: VT-ETC
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: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Kanda (   India) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Shimla Airport (SLV/VISM), India
Destination airport:Kulu-Bhuntar Airport (KUU/VIBR), India
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.

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."

Sources:
» Civil aviation aircraft accident summary for the year 1996 (DGAC India)
» The Indian Express


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Distance from Shimla Airport to Kulu-Bhuntar Airport as the crow flies is 88 km (55 miles).

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