Accident HAL/Dornier 228-201 VT-EJW, Thursday 30 July 1998
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Date:Thursday 30 July 1998
Type:Silhouette image of generic D228 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
HAL/Dornier 228-201
Owner/operator:Alliance Air
Registration: VT-EJW
MSN: 8075/HAL1007
Year of manufacture:1986
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Cochin Airport (COK) -   India
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Cochin Airport (COK/VOCC)
Destination airport:Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (TRV/VOTV)
Investigating agency: CoI India
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The HAL-manufactured Dornier 228 was operating on a flight from Agathi to Thiruvananthapuram via Cochin.
The aircraft took off from runway 17 of Cochin Airport. After attaining a height of about 400 feet it was seen pitching up steeply to a near vertical attitude and thereafter appeared to perform a manoeuvre similar to a stall turn to the right
and crashed on the roof top of the Component Repair Shop (CRS) building of the Naval Aircraft Yard. After the impact the aircraft caught fire and was completely destroyed. Three persons working in CRS received fatal and six other persons received minor injuries.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "After take off the aircraft pitched up uncontrollably, stalled fell to its right and crashed. The uncontrollable pitch up was caused by sudden uncommanded downward movement of the Trimmable Horizontal Stabilizer leading edge. This was due to partial detachment of its 'actuator forward bearing support' fitting due non installation of required hi-lok fasteners. Poor aircraft maintenance practices at Short Haul Operations Department contributed to the accident. "

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CoI India
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Civil aviation aircraft accident summary for the year 1998 (DGAC India)


  • 40th worst accident in 1998
  • 12th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 6th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


Revision history:

02-Jul-2024 07:05 ASN Updated [Accident report]

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