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Last updated: 4 December 2021
Status:Definitief
Datum:dinsdag 22 mei 1979
Tijd:22:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2A8
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Indian Airlines
Registratie: VT-EDS
Constructienummer: 21164/435
Bouwjaar: 1975-10-06 (3 years 8 months)
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 6
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 125
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 131
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:Nagpur Airport (NAG) (   India)
Fase: Landing (LDG)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL/VIDP), India
Vliegveld van aankomst:Nagpur-Sonegaon Airport (NAG/VANP), India
Vluchtnummer:IC540
Beschrijving:
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."

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


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Delhi-Palam Airport en Nagpur-Sonegaon Airport bedraagt 849 km (530 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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