ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 707-437 VT-DJJ Bombay-Santacruz Airport (BOM)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 22 June 1982
Type:Silhouette image of generic B704 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-437
Registration: VT-DJJ
MSN: 17723/100
First flight: 1960
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Conway 508
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 101
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 111
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bombay-Santacruz Airport (BOM) (   India)
Crash site elevation: 11 m (36 feet) amsl
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL/WMKK), Malaysia
Destination airport:Bombay-Santacruz Airport (BOM/VABB), India
Air-India flight 403, a Boeing 707-400, operated on a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Bombay, India.
The aircraft touched down heavily on runway 27. After first impact, the aircraft bounced and the wheel well fire warning came on. The captain opened power and initiated a go around. The aircraft rolled for some distance along the right edge of the runway and got airborne. The speed decreased and the stick shaker came on. The aircraft impacted the kutcha ground near end of runway 27 and started disintegrating.
Two cabin crew members and 15 passengers on board were fatally injured and 6 crew members and 19 passengers got serious injuries. There was no fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Deliberate reduction of engine power by the pilot 12 seconds prior to first impact due to altitude unawareness resulting in a high rate of descent, very heavy landing and the undershooting of the aircraft by 1300 feet" (Indian Court of Inquiry)

Loss of control

» Accidents summary 1982 / Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, CAD, ASD


photo of Boeing-707-437-VT-DJJ
accident date: 22-06-1982
type: Boeing 707-437
registration: VT-DJJ

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Bombay-Santacruz Airport as the crow flies is 3607 km (2254 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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