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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Monday 13 April 1987
Time:08:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Operating for:Oil and Natural Gas Corporation - ONGC
Leased from:Air Works India
Registration: VT-DFM
C/n / msn: 20269
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 28
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 33
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Jaisalmer Airport (JSA) (   India)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Jaisalmer Airport (JSA/VIJR), India
Destination airport:Vadodara Airport (BDQ/VABO), India
Narrative:
The Douglas DC-3C yawed to the left during takeoff from Jaisalmer Airport, India. The pilot could not correct this and attempted a premature lift off close to the side of the runway. The aircraft fell back and impacted the ground beside the runway. The aircraft was destroyed in the resulting fire.
Nineteen passengers and four crew members suffered minor injuries.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Commander attempting take off after experiencing uncommanded and uncontrollable yaw to the left during take off roll and executed pre-mature lift off to avoid aircraft rolling onto kutcha surface resulting in the aircraft to crash on to the ground.
Loss of directional control was probably due to deflection of left wheel which was a contributory factor to the accident."

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» Civil aviation aircraft accident summary for the year 1987 (DGAC India)


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Distance from Jaisalmer Airport to Vadodara Airport as the crow flies is 556 km (348 miles).

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