ASN Aircraft accident Fokker F-27 Friendship 400 VT-DWT Silchar-Kumbhirgram Airport (IXS)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 29 August 1970
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-27 Friendship 400
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-DWT
MSN: 10336
First flight: 1967
Total airframe hrs:6271
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 34
Total:Fatalities: 39 / Occupants: 39
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:19 km (11.9 mls) from Silchar-Kumbhirgram Airport (IXS) (   India)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Silchar-Kumbhirgram Airport (IXS/VEKU), India
Destination airport:Gauhati-Borjhar Airport (GAU/VEGT), India
The F-27 struck a 1500 m high mountain shortly after takeoff from Silchar.
The airplane operated on a flight from Imphal to Calcutta with intermediate stops at Silchar and Guwahati.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: The pilot didn't climb overhead Silchar to the minimum sector altitude, but continued directly to Guwahati.

» Civil aircraft accidents 1970 / Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, CAD, ASD
» Willem Wendt
» The Indian Express - 30 August 1970


photo of Fokker-F-27400-VT-DWT
accident date: 29-08-1970
type: Fokker F-27 Friendship 400
registration: VT-DWT

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 Silchar-Kumbhirgram Airport to Gauhati-Borjhar Airport as the crow flies is 192 km (120 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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