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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Date:Thursday 15 March 1973
Time:16:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic A748 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. HAL-748-224 Srs. 2
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-EAU
C/n / msn: 541
First flight: 1972
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Hyderabad-Begumpet Airport (HYD) (   India)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Hyderabad-Begumpet Airport (HYD/VOHY), India
Destination airport:Hyderabad-Begumpet Airport (HYD/VOHY), India
Narrative:
The no. 2 engine was feathered after takeoff for a single-engine bad weather circuit training. While turning right at the end of the downwind leg, the right wingtip struck high tension wires and a tree. The aircraft then impacted a house and caught fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
The cause of the accident was attributed to several errors committed by the instructor and the trainee pilots during the flight due to the consumption of alcohol by them before the flight which affected their concentration and impaired their judgement and skill.

Sources:
» Civil aircraft accidents 1973 / Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, CAD, ASD


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