Accident Let L-410UVP-E9D VT-ETC, Thursday 11 July 1996
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Date:Thursday 11 July 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic L410 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Let L-410UVP-E9D
Owner/operator:Archana Airways
Registration: VT-ETC
MSN: 942703
Year of manufacture:1994
Engine model:Walter M-601E
Fatalities:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:near Kanda -   India
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Shimla Airport (SLV/VISM)
Destination airport:Kulu-Bhuntar Airport (KUU/VIBR)
Investigating agency: CoI India
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The Archana Airways Let 410 was operating a round trip flight from Delhi with enroute stops at Shimla and Bhuntar. The plane took off from Shimla at 08:33 for the next leg to Bhuntar. The aircraft crashed into a thick forest on the Bandi Hill and caught fire, some 6 minutes past its ETA time of 08:54.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident to Archana Airways L-410 aircraft VT-ETC was due to a complete lack of safety awareness, proper supervision and operational control in the organisation."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CoI India
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report


Civil aviation aircraft accident summary for the year 1996 (DGAC India)
The Indian Express


  • 52nd worst accident in 1996
  • 23rd worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 8th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


Revision history:

02-Jul-2024 07:03 ASN Updated [Accident report]

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