ASN Aircraft accident Airbus A300B2-1C VT-ELV Chennai (Madras) Airport (MAA)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 29 September 1986
Type:Silhouette image of generic A30B model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A300B2-1C
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-ELV
MSN: 022
First flight: 1976-01-23 (10 years 8 months)
Engines: 2 General Electric CF6-50C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 185
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 196
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Chennai (Madras) Airport (MAA) (   India)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Madras Airport (MAA/VOMM), India
Destination airport:Mumbai (Bombay) Airport (BOM/VABB), India
Flightnumber: 571
The co-pilot was carrying out the takeoff when the flight crew spotted a large bird on the right side and, when travelling at 150 knots, another large bird on the centreline. The aircraft was rotated to 5-8 degrees when a loud sound on the right hand side was followed by severe vibration. The captain took over the controls and aborted the takeoff. The aircraft couldn't be stopped on the runway and overran.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Wrong decision of the commander to reject the take-off after the aircraft had been rotated for a lift-off, following a loud sound and severe vibrations from right engine due to bird hit."

Bird strike
Rejected takeoff
Runway excursion

» Accident summary for the year 1986 / Ministry of Transport and Communications, CAD, AIB
» Vogel und Luftverkehr 15-1995 (132)


photo of Airbus-A300B2-1C-D-AIAB
accident date: 29-09-1986
type: Airbus A300B2-1C
registration: D-AIAB

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 Mumbai (Bombay) Airport as the crow flies is 1028 km (643 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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Airbus A300

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