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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Thursday 11 July 1996
Time:ca 08:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic L410 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Let L-410UVP-E9D
Operator:Archana Airways
Registration: VT-ETC
MSN: 942703
First flight: 1994
Engines: 2 Walter M-601E
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Kanda (   India)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Shimla Airport (SLV/VISM), India
Destination airport:Kulu-Bhuntar Airport (KUU/VIBR), India
The Archana Airways Let 410 was operating a round trip flight from Delhi with enroute stops at Shimla and Bhuntar. The plane took off from Shimla at 08:33 for the next leg to Bhuntar. The aircraft crashed into a thick forest on the Bandi Hill and caught fire, some 6 minutes past its ETA time of 08:54.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident to Archana Airways L-410 aircraft VT-ETC was due to a complete lack of safety awareness, proper supervision and operational control in the organisation."

» Civil aviation aircraft accident summary for the year 1996 (DGAC India)
» The Indian Express


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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 Shimla Airport to Kulu-Bhuntar Airport as the crow flies is 88 km (55 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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