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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
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Date:Saturday 9 May 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Air-India
Registration: VT-AUD
C/n / msn: 13716
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:32 km (20 mls) S of Delhi (   India)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL/VIDP), India
Destination airport:Ahmedabad Airport (AMD/VAAH), India
Narrative:
The DC-3 lost control and crashed some 5 minutes after takeoff.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An error of judgement on the part of the supernumerary pilot, flying as first officer, who executed a steep starboard turn and could not come out of the overbanked turn in time because of the low altitude. inexperience of the pilot with the type of the aircraft which he was flying is deemed to be an indirect cause of the accident."

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 38-AN/33 (158-160)


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Distance from Delhi-Palam Airport to Ahmedabad Airport as the crow flies is 752 km (470 miles).

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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Douglas DC-3

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  • 3071st loss
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