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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 179347
Last updated: 29 December 2020
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Time:19:58 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-231
Owner/operator:Air India
Registration: VT-ESI
C/n / msn: 486
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 154
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP) -   India
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Varanasi Airport (VNS)
Destination airport:Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP)
Investigating agency: DGCA India
Air India flight AI405 departed from Varanasi for Delhi at 13:06 UTC. While en route the Hydraulic Green low level warning appeared at 13:33 UTC. The aircraft altitude was 34008 feet. The Green Hydraulic Fluid low level warning
disappeared momentarily at 13:36 UTC and reappeared again and continued for rest of the flight. The pilot declared an emergency during approach and landed at Delhi Airport on runway 27 at 14:24 UTC. On the runway, ground personnel observed fire on left main landing gear of the aircraft. The Pilot-in-Command then instructed cabin crew to carry out emergency evacuation.
There were no injuries. Later, maintenance personnel informed that there was no sign of fire or flame; it was only dense smoke.

Probable cause of the incident:
The smoke occurred due leakage and spray of hydraulic fluid from flexible hose on hot brake assemblies of LH main wheel during landing roll of the aircraft. Non adherence to maintenance procedures due to complacency on the part of AME contributed to the incident.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: DGCA India
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year 1 month
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

21 Aug 2014 VT-ESI Air India 0 Cochin International Airport (COK/VOCI) non



Photo of VT-ESI courtesy

Dubai - International (OMDB / DXB)
15 November 2011; (c) Streep

Revision history:

07-Sep-2015 16:01 harro Added
07-Sep-2015 16:03 harro Updated [Time, Embed code]
10-Oct-2016 16:34 harro Updated [Total occupants, Embed code, Narrative]

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