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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mardi 22 mai 1979
Heure:22:40
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2A8
Compagnie:Indian Airlines
Immatriculation: VT-EDS
Numéro de série: 21164/435
Année de Fabrication: 1975-10-06 (3 years 8 months)
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 6
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 125
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 131
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:Nagpur Airport (NAG) (   Inde)
Phase de vol: A l'atterrissage (LDG)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL/VIDP), Inde
Aéroport de destination:Nagpur-Sonegaon Airport (NAG/VANP), Inde
Numéro de vol:IC540
Détails:
Indian Airlines flight IC540 landed at runway 14 of Nagpur Airport at 22:40 hours local time. Just after touchdown, the captain saw three cows on the runway about 1000-1500 ft ahead. At this stage, the pilot was not able to avoid the animals and hit all tree cows.
The aircraft was fully controllable and was decelerating satisfactorily even after hitting the cows, but subsequently lost braking and nose-wheel steering control after turning into the apron. The nose gear right-hand wheel hit a small brick wall at the end of the apron and the aircraft finally came to rest with the nose wheel going 3 feet out of the apron and getting bogged down.
The aircraft sustained substantial damage but all members of crew and passengers escaped unhurt. There was no fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The cause of the accident has been attributed to the presence of three cows in front of the aircraft just after its touchdown. Ineffective inspection of operational area before flight was contributory factor."

Sources:
» Civil aircraft accidents 1979 / Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, CAD, ASD


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Delhi-Palam Airport et Nagpur-Sonegaon Airport est de 849 km (530 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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