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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 10 January 1992
Time:22:57
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2Y5
Operator:Air Lanka
Registration: 4R-ULL
C/n / msn: 20195/205
First flight: 1969-09-09 (22 years 4 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 104
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 116
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Madras Airport (MAA) (   India)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Colombo-Katunayake International Airport (CMB/VCBI), Sri Lanka
Destination airport:Madras Airport (MAA/VOMM), India
Flightnumber: 121
Narrative:
During landing on runway 07 at Madras airport, the right landing gear attachment failed and right engine contacting runway surface immediately on touch down. The aircraft started swerving towards the right of runway center line. The aircraft finally came to stop with its nose wheel and failed right main landing gear entering the grassy side strip soon after crossing the Delta taxiway. The fire emanating from the right engine was extinguished and the crew and passengers evacuated the aircraft through the left side exit doors by means of the slide chutes.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident occurred as a result of failure of the right hand main landing gear beam during the landing due to pre-existing stress corrosion cracks and pits at its inboard lug hole and higher than normal landing loads contributed to its failure".

Sources:
» Civil aviation aircraft accident summary for the year 1992 (DGAC India)


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Distance from Colombo-Katunayake International Airport to Madras Airport as the crow flies is 644 km (403 miles).

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