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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 150834
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AS65 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale SA 365N Dauphin 2
Owner/operator:Pawan Hans
Registration: VT-ELO
MSN: 6255
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:8 nm from Patna -   India
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Calcutta
Destination airport:Patna
Crashed into river Ganges.

Causes: "The accident was caused most probably due to disorientation during the flight under Instrument Flight Rules in dark night."
Insufficient experience of flying at dark night, Inadequate experience of flying solely on instruments and Pawan Hans not providing enough opportunities to the pilots to get suitable experience for the tasks to be undertaken were the secondary factors.


Civil aviation aircraft accident summary for the year 1989 (DGAC India)
World Directory of Airliner Crashes/Terry Denham
Flight International 23-29 May 1990

Revision history:

23-Nov-2012 11:02 TB Added
11-Feb-2013 10:02 TB Updated [Source, Narrative]
04-Oct-2015 17:00 harro Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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