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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:
Date:Friday 9 January 1970
Time:18:49
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 768D Viscount
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-DJB
C/n / msn: 295
First flight: 1958-05-17 (11 years 8 months)
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Dart 510
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 20
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Patna Airport (PAT) (   India)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Patna Airport (PAT/VEPT), India
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The aircraft collided with a wild blue bull while taking off during night hours. The animal had entered the operational area due to inadequate fencing around the airport. A proper runway check was also not carried out before clearing the aircraft for takeoff due to which the presence of animal in the operational area went undetected.

Sources:
» Civil aircraft accidents 1970 / Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, CAD, ASD


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