ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-54A-DO (DC-4) VT-CYK Comilla
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Date:Friday 30 December 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54A-DO (DC-4)
Operator:Bharat Airways
Registration: VT-CYK
MSN: 3089
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Comilla (   Bangladesh)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Departure airport:Agartala-Singerbhil Airport (IXA/VEAT), India
Destination airport:Calcutta Airport (CCU/VECC), India
Burnt out after a forced landing. The Pakistan government reported that seven villagers were killed on the ground in the accident. The surviving pilot said that many villagers gathered around the plane and were killed and injured when it caught fire and fuel tanks exploded.
Contemporary newspaper reports suggest that the cargo of jute had caught fire, necessitating a forced landing.

The 27-year old radio-operator died of injuries in a hospital in London, UK, 19 April 1950. He was badly burnt in the accident.
Authorities did not list this as a fatality because per ICAO Annex 13, because "for statistical uniformity only, an injury resulting in death within thirty days of the date of the accident is classified as a fatal injury".

» The Indian Express 15 February 1950, p1
» The Indian Express 24 April 1950, p5
» The Age - Feb 21, 1950


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Distance from Agartala-Singerbhil Airport to Calcutta Airport as the crow flies is 315 km (197 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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