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Accident description
Last updated: 13 December 2017
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 15 May 1958
Time:20:18
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-240-7
Operator:Pakistan International Airlines - PIA
Registration: AP-AEH
C/n / msn: 52
First flight: 1948
Total airframe hrs:12668
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 32
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 38
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL) (   India)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL/VIDP), India
Destination airport:Karachi International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Pakistan
Flightnumber:PK205
Narrative:
The PIA Convair CV-240 aircraft had landed at Delhi-Palam at 19:02 hours following an uneventful flight from Karachi. It was prepared for the return flight and taxied to runway 27 for departure. It was a moonless night and the visibility was almost 3 km due to dust haze. Takeoff was away from the built up area so there were no visual reference points and there was nothing which could have given the pilot a natural horizon. Takeoff was commenced at 20:18. Shortly after becoming airborne the landing gear was raised. Then the airplane began to descend again. It struck the ground at a shallow nose-down angle with the port wing slightly low and caught fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain did not properly observe and interpret his flight instruments and thus inadvertently permitted the aircraft to descend to the ground immediately after a night takeoff during which no visual reference was possible. A contributory factor may have been the slow reactions of the captain due to his state of health."

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (135-138)


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Distance from Delhi-Palam Airport to Karachi International Airport as the crow flies is 1061 km (663 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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