Loss of control Accident Boeing 707-437 VT-DJJ, Tuesday 22 June 1982
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Date:Tuesday 22 June 1982
Type:Silhouette image of generic B704 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 707-437
Registration: VT-DJJ
MSN: 17723/100
Year of manufacture:1960
Engine model:Rolls-Royce Conway 508
Fatalities:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 111
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Bombay-Santacruz Airport (BOM) -   India
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL/WMKK)
Destination airport:Bombay-Santacruz Airport (BOM/VABB)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Air-India flight 403, a Boeing 707-400, operated on a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Bombay, India.
The aircraft touched down heavily on runway 27. After first impact, the aircraft bounced and the wheel well fire warning came on. The captain opened power and initiated a go around. The aircraft rolled for some distance along the right edge of the runway and got airborne. The speed decreased and the stick shaker came on. The aircraft impacted the kutcha ground near end of runway 27 and started disintegrating.
Two cabin crew members and 15 passengers on board were fatally injured and 6 crew members and 19 passengers got serious injuries. There was no fire.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Deliberate reduction of engine power by the pilot 12 seconds prior to first impact due to altitude unawareness resulting in a high rate of descent, very heavy landing and the undershooting of the aircraft by 1300 feet" (Indian Court of Inquiry)


Accidents summary 1982 / Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, CAD, ASD


  • 29th worst accident in 1982
  • 4th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 4th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) collection Arno Janssen; Frankfurt International Airport (FRA); March 1977

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