Accident Boeing 747-237B VT-EBO, Monday 7 May 1990
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Date:Monday 7 May 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic B742 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 747-237B
Registration: VT-EBO
MSN: 20558/188
Year of manufacture:1972
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7J
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 215
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) -   India
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL)
Destination airport:Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The Boeing 747, named "Emperor Vikramaditya", touched down at Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport after a flight from London-Heathrow. On application of reverse thrust, a failure of the no. 1 engine pylon to wing attachment caused this engine to tilt nose down. Hot exhaustion gasses caused a fire on the left wing. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was caused due to the migration of the improperly installed diagonal-brace aft fuse-pin of the No.1 engine from its fitting which substantially reduced the load carrying capability of the engine fittings resulting in failure of the upper-link forward fuse pin due to excessive loads on account of probably improper landing leading to a partial separation of engine and fire."


NTSB/SIR-94/02 (p. 16)
Civil aviation aircraft accident summary for the year 1990 (DGAC India)

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

29 August 1978 VT-EBO Air-India 0 Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL) sub



photo (c) Werner Fischdick; Frankfurt International Airport (FRA); 09 February 1975

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