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Accident description
Last updated: 12 December 2017
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 19 October 1988
Time:06:53
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2A8
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-EAH
C/n / msn: 20481/271
First flight: 1970-11-24 (17 years 11 months)
Total airframe hrs:42750
Cycles:47520
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 127 / Occupants: 129
Total:Fatalities: 133 / Occupants: 135
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2,54 km (1.6 mls) NE of Ahmedabad Airport (AMD) (   India)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bombay-Sahar International Airport (BOM/VABB), India
Destination airport:Ahmedabad Airport (AMD/VAAH), India
Flightnumber:IC113
Narrative:
The Boeing 737-2A8 was operating Indian Airlines flight 113 from Bombay to Ahmedabad, India. At 06:41 hours, while the aircraft was descending to FL55, the flight was instructed to report over the Ahmedabad VOR. Visibility was reported being 2000 m in haze with calm winds and a QNH of 1010 mb. The flight crew reported overhead the VOR and prepared for a localizer-DME approach to runway 23. Last radio contact with the flight was at 06:50.
It struck trees and a high-tension pylon before crashing into a paddy field, bursting into flames.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Error on the part of pilot-in-command as well as co-pilot due to non adherence to laid down procedures under poor visibility conditions."

Classification:
Low visibility
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» Aviation Week & Space Technology 24 October 1988 (p.32)
» HC orders compensation for 1988 air crash victims (Oineindia News, 14-10-2009)
» Civil aviation aircraft accident summary for the year 1988 (DGAC India)


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Distance from Bombay-Sahar International Airport to Ahmedabad Airport as the crow flies is 442 km (276 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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