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Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 8 March 1994
Time:14:54
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2R4C
Operator:Sahara Airlines
Registration: VT-SIA
MSN: 21763/571
First flight: 1979-04-25 (14 years 11 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) (   India)
Crash site elevation: 237 m (778 feet) amsl
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP), India
Destination airport:Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP), India
Narrative:
A Sahara India Airlines Boeing 737, VT-SIA, was engaged in a training flight with an instructor and 3 trainee pilots. Five circuits and landings were completed uneventfully. During the sixth touch-and-go exercise, after the take off from runway 28, the aircraft had climbed to 400-500 feet when it banked left and crashed at the International Terminal Apron. The wreckage of aircraft hit an Aeroflot Ilyushin 86 aircraft parked on Bay No. 45 as a result of which it also caught fire. Two Aeroflot employees, a Russian ground engineer and an airport worker were killed inside the Il-86. One employee of an airport oil company was killed on the tarmac.
The Ilyushin 86, RA-86119, had made an unscheduled diversion to Delhi due to technical problems. The airplane had been repaired and fully fuelled (52 tons).

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident occurred due to application of wrong rudder by trainee pilot during engine failure exercise. Capt. did not guard/block the rudder control and give clear commands as Instructor so as to obviate the application of wrong rudder control by the trainee pilot".

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» Civil aviation aircraft accident summary for the year 1994 (DGAC India)
» Sahara Aircraft Crash at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi (India) / Mr Kishu Teckchandani (Aircraft Disaster Management Conference 27-29 March 1996)


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accident date: 08-03-1994
type: Boeing 737-2R4C
registration: LN-NPB
 

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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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