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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 22 May 1979
Time:22:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2A8
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-EDS
C/n / msn: 21164/435
First flight: 1975-10-06 (3 years 8 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 125
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 131
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Nagpur Airport (NAG) (   India)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL/VIDP), India
Destination airport:Nagpur-Sonegaon Airport (NAG/VANP), India
Flightnumber:IC540
Narrative:
Indian Airlines flight IC540 landed at runway 14 of Nagpur Airport at 22:40 hours local time. Just after touchdown, the captain saw three cows on the runway about 1000-1500 ft ahead. At this stage, the pilot was not able to avoid the animals and hit all tree cows.
The aircraft was fully controllable and was decelerating satisfactorily even after hitting the cows, but subsequently lost braking and nose-wheel steering control after turning into the apron. The nose gear right-hand wheel hit a small brick wall at the end of the apron and the aircraft finally came to rest with the nose wheel going 3 feet out of the apron and getting bogged down.
The aircraft sustained substantial damage but all members of crew and passengers escaped unhurt. There was no fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The cause of the accident has been attributed to the presence of three cows in front of the aircraft just after its touchdown. Ineffective inspection of operational area before flight was contributory factor."

Classification:

Sources:
» Civil aircraft accidents 1979 / Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, CAD, ASD


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Distance from Delhi-Palam Airport to Nagpur-Sonegaon Airport as the crow flies is 849 km (530 miles).

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