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Accident description
Last updated: 29 August 2015
Date:Wednesday 7 July 1999
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-243F
Operator:Lufthansa Cargo Airlines (Hinduja Airlines)
Registration: VT-LCI
C/n / msn: 22168/1770
First flight: 1981-08-03 (17 years 11 months)
Total airframe hrs:43000
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Kathmandu (   Nepal)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM/VNKT), Nepal
Destination airport:Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP), India
Lufthansa Cargo Flight 8533, a Boeing 727, departed Kathmandu, Nepal at 19:46 for a flight to Delhi, India. Some five minutes after takeoff the aircraft crashed in flames in the Champadevi hills at the 7550 feet level, were it should have been at an altitude of 9500 feet. Kathmandu Airport is located at 6250 feet.

The plane was carrying about 21 tons of cargo, mostly woolen carpet, when it crashed. Weather at the time was drizzly conditions with ground temperature of 22░C.

PROBABLE CAUSE: Failure to the adhere to Standard Instrument Departure Procedure (SID) by the crew and failure of the controllers to warn the flight. Contributing factors were incomplete departure briefing, the unexpected airspeed decay during the initial right climbing turn, inadequate intra cockpit crew coordination and communication, and the slow response to the premonition given by air traffic controller.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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Distance from Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport to Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport as the crow flies is 810 km (506 miles).

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