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Last updated: 23 September 2019
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Date:Thursday 9 December 1971
Time:12:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic A748 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. HAL-748-224 Srs. 2
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-DXG
C/n / msn: 512
First flight: 1968-01-02 (3 years 11 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 27
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 31
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Cumbum (   India)
Crash site elevation: 1585 m (5200 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Trivandrum Airport (TRV/VOTV), India
Destination airport:Madurai Airport (IXM/VOMD), India
Narrative:
The aircraft strayed off course and collided with a hill in the Meghamalai hills, at an altitude of 5200 feet, 29 miles left off its desired track.

Sources:
» Civil aircraft accidents 1971 / Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, CAD, ASD


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Distance from Trivandrum Airport to Madurai Airport as the crow flies is 197 km (123 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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