ASN Aircraft accident Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle VI-N VT-DWN Bombay-Santacruz Airport (BOM)
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Date:Tuesday 12 October 1976
Type:Silhouette image of generic S210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle VI-N
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-DWN
MSN: 231
First flight: 1967
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 89 / Occupants: 89
Total:Fatalities: 95 / Occupants: 95
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bombay-Santacruz Airport (BOM) (   India)
Crash site elevation: 11 m (36 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bombay-Santacruz Airport (BOM/VABB), India
Destination airport:Madras Airport (MAA/VOMM), India
Flightnumber: 171
A no. 2 engine failure after takeoff from runway 27 forced the crew to return to Mumbai (Bombay). A fire erupted in the no. 2 engine area, reaching the hydraulic reservoir (located aft of the pressure bulkhead), draining it of all but accumulated pressure.
Pitch control was lost while on approach to runway 09; the aircraft crashed 45-deg. nose down into the ground from a height of 300 feet, 1000 feet short of the runway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: 10th Stage compressor disc failure; fuel lines were severed by debris, causing a fire in the no.2 engine area. The fire spread because the crew didn't shut off the fuel supply.

Uncontained engine failure
Loss of control

» Flight International 21 October 1978 (1459)
» St. Petersburg Times - Oct 12, 1976


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Distance from Bombay-Santacruz Airport to Madras Airport as the crow flies is 1028 km (642 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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