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Last updated: 21 May 2019
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 22 September 1988
Time:12:28 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic D228 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
HAL/Dornier 228-201
Operator:Vayudoot
Registration: VT-EJT
C/n / msn: 8064/HAL1004
First flight: 1986
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Aurangabad-Chikkalthana Airport (IXU) (   India)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Nagpur-Sonegaon Airport (NAG/VANP), India
Destination airport:Aurangabad-Chikkalthana Airport (IXU/VAAU), India
Narrative:
The Dornier 228 aircraft operated on a service from Nagpur to Aurangabad, India. Weather conditions deteriorated as the aircraft approached the destination. Due to poor visibility the captain saw the runway at a late stage in the approach. He flew a steep descent, triggering an aural GPWS warning. The descent rate could not be arrested in time and the aircraft crashed at the undershoot area of runway 27.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The commander while landing during bad weather had descended at a very fast rate and subsequently could not arrest the sink rate while approaching close to the runway due to improper handling of engine controls.
Non-availability of deteriorating visibility conditions to the flight crew at the time of landing is a contributory factor."

Sources:
» Civil aviation aircraft accident summary for the year 1988 (DGAC India)


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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 Nagpur-Sonegaon Airport to Aurangabad-Chikkalthana Airport as the crow flies is 402 km (251 miles).

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