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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 57591
Last updated: 1 December 2021
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Date:04-DEC-1971
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Hunter F Mk.56
Owner/operator:7 Sqn Indian AF
Registration: BA295
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lal Munir Hat, East Pakistan -   Bangladesh
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Kalakundai AB, West Bengal, India (KKD/VEDX)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On 4 December 1971,Hunter F56 BA-295 flown by Flt Lt A R Da Costa of 7 Squadron, IAF was shot down by AAA at Lal Munir Hat, East Pakstan. Aircraft Crashed back inside Indian Territory, but the pilot did not eject and was killed

Immediately following pre-emptive PAF strikes on the western airfields, the first strikes were flown on the morning of 4 December against targets in East Pakistan. Repeated strikes were carried out on airfields in Dacca as well as ground targets. One of these strikes destroyed the bridge over the River Teesta.

The first fatalities were suffered when an attack on a train at Lal Munir Hat came up against fierce AAA (Anti Aircraft Artillery). Both of the two badly damaged Hunters eventually lost crossed the Indian Border into friendly airspace. One of them was Flying Officer Andre Da Costa's Hunter BA295 went out of control and crashed, killing him.

Sources:

http://web.archive.org/web/20171122191210/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/Country-By-Country/India.htm
http://web.archive.org/web/20140619211538/http://www.bharat-rakshak.com:80/IAF/History/Misc/Loss1971.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._7_Squadron_IAF#Bangladesh_War.2C_1971
http://www.warbirdsofindia.com/Crashes/crpage.php?cur=50&qacid=42&qafdb=IAF&datesall=ON&fmdate=&fmmonth=&fmyear=&todate=&tomonth=&toyear=
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lalmanir_Hat


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
14-Mar-2012 06:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
14-Apr-2013 13:35 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
15-Apr-2013 14:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
16-Apr-2013 09:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Apr-2013 09:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Country, Source, Narrative]

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