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Last updated: 21 September 2021
Datum:Dienstag 19 Februar 1952
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-70-DL (DC-3)
Fluggesellschaft:Deccan Airways
Kennzeichen: VT-AXE
Werknummer: 19160
Baujahr: 1943
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 12
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 16
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Nagpur-Sonegaon Airport (NAG) (   Indien)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Madras Airport (MAA/VOMM), Indien
Flug nach:Nagpur-Sonegaon Airport (NAG/VANP), Indien
The DC-3 was low on the approach to Nagpur runway 27. The aircraft suddenly banked to the left, struck trees and crashed 2000 feet short of the runway threshold.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was due to errors of judgement by the pilot when attempting landing during night. He misjudged the approach, undershot and hit the top branches of a tree. The setting of the pilot's altimeter to QNH, rather than the customary QFE during the final approach was a contributory factor."


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Madras Airport to Nagpur-Sonegaon Airport as the crow flies is 903 km (565 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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