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Date:Tuesday 19 February 1952
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-70-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Deccan Airways
Registration: VT-AXE
MSN: 19160
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Nagpur-Sonegaon Airport (NAG) (   India)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Madras Airport (MAA/VOMM), India
Destination airport:Nagpur-Sonegaon Airport (NAG/VANP), India
The DC-3 was low on the approach to Nagpur runway 27. The aircraft suddenly banked to the left, struck trees and crashed 2000 feet short of the runway threshold.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was due to errors of judgement by the pilot when attempting landing during night. He misjudged the approach, undershot and hit the top branches of a tree. The setting of the pilot's altimeter to QNH, rather than the customary QFE during the final approach was a contributory factor."

Wrong altimeter setting


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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 Madras Airport to Nagpur-Sonegaon Airport as the crow flies is 903 km (565 miles).

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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