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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 29 March 1959
Time:ca 10:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-CGI
C/n / msn: 20176
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:56 km (35 mls) W of Silchar (   India)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Agartala-Singerbhil Airport (IXA/VEAT), India
Destination airport:Silchar-Kumbhirgram Airport (IXS/VEKU), India
Narrative:
The DC-3 was operating on a flight from Calcutta (CCU) to Imphal (IMF) via Agartala (IXA) and Silchar (IXS). The aircraft took off from Agartala at 10:10 for a 50-minute flight to Silchar. En route weather was poor (thunderstorms in the area southwest of Silchar). The aircraft didn't arrive at its destination and was found to have crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Structural failure occurred while the aircraft was flying through a thunderstorm. The failure originated in the port centre section and was due to loads which exceeded the ultimate design value for the structure. It was not possible to establish whether the pilot adopted the correct procedure for flying in turbulence."

Classification:
Thunderstorm
Fuselage failure
Loss of control

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 62-AN/57 (109-111)


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Distance from Agartala-Singerbhil Airport to Silchar-Kumbhirgram Airport as the crow flies is 208 km (130 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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