ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 33262
Last updated: 22 September 2014
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Date:23-JUN-1980
Time:08:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic PTS2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Pitts S-2A
Owner/operator:Dehli Flying Club
Registration: VT-EGN
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi -   India
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Demo/Airshow/Display
Departure airport:Delhi Safdarjang (VIDD)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Sanjay Gandhi, son of India's then prime minister Indira Gandhi, died in an air crash on June 23, 1980 near Safdarjung Airport in New Delhi. He was flying a new aircraft of the Delhi Flying club, and, while performing a loop over his Office, lost control and crashed.

The only passenger in the plane, Captain Subhas Saxena was also killed in the plane crash. Sanjay Gandhi went up in his Pitts S-2A aerobatic biplane despite an explicit prohibition by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation mere weeks before the crash

Sources:
http://www.indiatimes.com/Prominent-Indians-killed-in-air-crashes/Sanjay-Gandhi/photostory/4966690.cms
http://dgca.nic.in/aircraft/reg-ind.htm (Summary for 1980)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safdarjung_Airport
http://www.searchindia.com/search/indian-politicians-sanjay-gandhi.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
22-Jul-2009 12:37 Ajai Updated
09-Oct-2010 12:15 120.62.160.2 Updated [Time, Aircraft type]
20-Dec-2011 10:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
20-Dec-2011 10:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Jan-2013 09:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Source, Narrative]
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