ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 727-1F8 9N-ABD Patna Airport (PAT)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 26 May 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic B721 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-1F8
Operator:Royal Nepal Airlines
Registration: 9N-ABD
MSN: 20421/826
First flight: 1971-03-19 (8 years 2 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 118
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 126
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Patna Airport (PAT) (   India)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM/VNKT), Nepal
Destination airport:Patna Airport (PAT/VEPT), India
Royal Nepal Airlines operated non-scheduled charter flight RA621 from Kathmandu, Nepal to Patna, India. The aircraft was on a visual approach for landing at Patna when it sustained a vulture bird strike on the pilot's front windscreen. The aircraft, however, landed safely on runway 25 at Patna Airport.
Two of the cockpit crew members were seriously injured by fragmented glass pieces released from the windscreen after impact with vulture.

Bird strike
Forced landing on runway

» Civil aircraft accidents 1979 / Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, CAD, ASD


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Distance from Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport to Patna Airport as the crow flies is 234 km (146 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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