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Date:Sunday 24 September 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC85 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-8-53
Operator:Japan Air Lines - JAL
Registration: JA8013
MSN: 45681/214
First flight: 1964
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 14
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 108
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 122
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bombay-Juhu Airport (   India)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR/OIII), Iran
Destination airport:Bombay-Santacruz Airport (BOM/VABB), India
A Douglas DC-8-53 passenger plane, registered JA8013, was damaged beyond repair in runway excursion accident at Bombay-Juhu Airport, India. There were no fatalities.
Japan Air Lines flight JL472 was an international service from Frankfurt (FRA), Germany to Tokyo, Japan with en route stops at Rome, Italy, Beirut (BEY), Lebanon, Tehran (THR), Iran, and Bombay-Santacruz Airport (BOM), India.
The crew were cleared for a visual approach and landing on runway 09 at Bombay's (now named Mumbai) Santacruz Airport. Instead of landing at Santacruz Airport, the airplane touched down on runway 08 of nearby Juhu Airport. The runway length at Juhu just 1143 m, which was insufficient for the airplane to stop.
The aircraft overran the runway and went through a ditch. A fire broke out.

Runway excursion

» Civil aircraft accidents 1972 / Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, CAD, ASD


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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 Tehran-Mehrabad Airport to Bombay-Santacruz Airport as the crow flies is 2786 km (1741 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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