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Last updated: 4 December 2021
Date:vendredi 5 mars 1999
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic B742 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-2B3F (SCD)
Compagnie:Air France
Immatriculation: F-GPAN
Numéro de série: 21515/337
Année de Fabrication: 1978-08-21 (20 years 7 months)
Heures de vol:72968
Moteurs: 4 General Electric CF6-50E2
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 5
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 5
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Chennai Airport (MAA) (   Inde)
Phase de vol: A l'atterrissage (LDG)
Aéroport de départ:Bangalore-Hindustan Airport (BLR/VOBG), Inde
Aéroport de destination:Chennai Airport (MAA/VOMM), Inde
Numéro de vol:AF6745
Air France flight 6745 had taken off from Paris and was on its way to Chennai (MAA) after some enroute stops at Karachi (KHI) and Bangalore (BLR). The cargo plane carried 66 tonnes of cargo, that included three foreign cars, 20 tonnes of ITC cigarettes, chemicals and garments.
The aircraft was cleared for a runway 07 ILS approach, but the approach was abandoned due to indications that the undercarriage was not down and locked. The flight crew concluded that all gear were down and locked despite a red GEAR light on the forward instrument panel. The crew had failed to recognize that the green GEAR DOWN light for the nose gear was not illuminated and assumed that the red GEAR light on the forward instrument panel was a false indication. The gear was recycled, but an alternate extension was not attempted.
The pilot positioned the airplane for another approach. The aircraft touched down with the nose gear retracted. The nose struck the runway. The plane skidded and came to rest at 7000 feet down the runway (which is 13050 feet long). As the pilot informed the ATC of the mishap, he noticed smoke in the cockpit. Even as the smoke was being extinguished, flames erupted in the front portion of the aircraft. One of the crewmembers came down through a rope ladder from the cockpit, the other four were brought down through the rear of the aircraft using the fire engine step ladders. The fire services were not able to extinguish the fire and the plane burned out completely.

» Aviation Week & Space Technology 15.03.1999 (p.42)
» The Hindu
» The Hindustan Times
» NTSB Identification: DCA05MA095


photo of Boeing-747-2B3F-F-GPAN
accident date: 05-03-1999
type: Boeing 747-2B3F (SCD)
registration: F-GPAN
photo of Boeing-747-2B3F-F-GPAN
accident date: 05-03-1999
type: Boeing 747-2B3F (SCD)
registration: F-GPAN

Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Bangalore-Hindustan Airport et Chennai Airport est de 271 km (169 miles).

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