Vliegtuigongeval op 07 JUL 1999 met Boeing 727-243F VT-LCI - Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Datum:woensdag 7 juli 1999
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-243F
Operator:Hinduja Cargo Services
On behalf of:Lufthansa Cargo Airlines
Registratie: VT-LCI
Constructienummer: 22168/1770
Bouwjaar: 1981-08-03 (17 years 11 months)
Aantal vlieguren:43000
Aantal vluchten:25000
Motoren: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 5 / inzittenden: 5
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 5 / inzittenden: 5
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:11 km (6.9 mijl) SW of Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM) (   Nepal)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Vracht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (KTM/VNKT), Nepal
Vliegveld van aankomst:Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP), India
Lufthansa Cargo Flight 8533, a Boeing 727, departed runway 20 at Kathmandu, Nepal for a flight to Delhi, India.
While climbing after takeoff, the aircraft proceeded across the 4 DME arc prior to commencing a shallow right turn. As the aircraft was in a 10-degree right bank turn at approximately 4.4 DME crossing the Kathmandu VOR/DME on the 247 degree radial, the GPWS warning sounded. The stick shaker activated 11 seconds after the initial GPWS warning as the speed dropped below 171 knots. The aircraft impacted terrain in the Champadevi hills at the 7550 feet level, 6 NM south west of Kathmandu VOR/DME.

The plane was carrying about 21 tons of cargo, mostly woolen carpet, when it crashed. Weather at the time was drizzly conditions with ground temperature of 22°C.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: The accident occurred as the crew after take off did not adhere to the published Standard Instrument Departure (SID) procedure for runway 20 at Kathmandu, Nepal.
Contributory factors:
- incomplete departure briefing given by P1 while other cockpit activities were in progress;
- the unexpected airspeed decay to V 2 -3 during initial right climbing turn South of the VOR which occurred while P2 was busy with ATC;
- the improper power and climb profile used by P1 after rolling the aircraft out on a Southwest heading following the initial airspeed loss;
- the inadequate intra cockpit crew co-ordination and communication as the aircraft proceeded to and across the KTM VOR 4DME arc before recommencing a shallow right turn and the incorrect; and
- slow response to the initial and subsequent GPWS activation prior to the collision with the terrain.

» Civil aviation aircraft accident summary for the year 1999 / DGAC India


photo of Boeing-727-243F-VT-LCI
accident date: 07-07-1999
type: Boeing 727-243F
registration: VT-LCI

Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport en Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport bedraagt 810 km (506 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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