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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25980
Last updated: 11 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
Owner/operator:16 Sqn Indian Air Force (IAF)
Registration: HE842
Fatalities:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Palakkad, Kerala -   India
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Sulur, near Coimbatore, Madras State
Destination airport:
Consolidated B-24 Liberator HE842, 16 Squadron, Indian Air Force: Written off (destroyed) when crash 5 February 1958

The aircraft was on a routine mission. The designated pilot was not feeling well, and was replaced by Flt. Lt. D. Kochar at the last moment. Evidently the flight encountered heavy fog near a mountainous region, and the pilot attempted to gain altitude in poor visibility conditions, but crashed into a mountain-side at in the region of Palakkad, Kerala. 10 Indian air and naval personnel on board were killed.


1. El Siglo de Torreón 7 February 1958, p 8
2. The Straits Times 7 February 1958, p 3
3. Associated Press, "Indian Plane Crashes", The State, Columbia, South Carolina, Friday 7 February 1958, Number 24,279, page 5-C.

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
24-Feb-2009 10:42 ABN397 Updated
10-Aug-2014 17:47 ranvohra Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
08-Aug-2015 18:08 TB Updated [Location, Nature, Departure airport, Source]
09-Jan-2019 18:55 TB Updated [Operator, Source]
23-Feb-2019 09:30 TB Updated [Source]
23-Oct-2019 20:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Oct-2019 21:52 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]
15-Aug-2021 12:28 Anon. Updated [[Operator, Operator]]

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