ASN Aircraft accident Fokker F-27 Friendship 100 VT-DME Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL)
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Date:Saturday 12 August 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-27 Friendship 100
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-DME
MSN: 10175
First flight: 1961
Total airframe hrs:24087
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) S of Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL) (   India)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Gwalior Airport (GWL/VIGR), India
Destination airport:Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL/VIDP), India
The first ILS approach to Delhi was abandoned. On the second attempt the pilot descended below the Minimum Descent Altitude (MDA) while preoccupied with trying to fly below the cloud base. When he realized the mistake he initiated a go-around with wrong flap settings and undercarriage down. The F-27 collided with terrain.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

» Civil aircraft accidents 1972 / Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, CAD, ASD
» Willem Wendt


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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 Gwalior Airport to Delhi-Palam Airport as the crow flies is 274 km (171 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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