Accident Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle VI-N VT-DWN, Tuesday 12 October 1976
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Date:Tuesday 12 October 1976
Type:Silhouette image of generic S210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle VI-N
Owner/operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-DWN
MSN: 231
Year of manufacture:1967
Fatalities:Fatalities: 95 / Occupants: 95
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Bombay-Santacruz Airport (BOM) -   India
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Bombay-Santacruz Airport (BOM/VABB)
Destination airport:Madras Airport (MAA/VOMM)
A no. 2 engine failure after takeoff from runway 27 forced the crew to return to Mumbai (Bombay). A fire erupted in the no. 2 engine area, reaching the hydraulic reservoir (located aft of the pressure bulkhead), draining it of all but accumulated pressure.
Pitch control was lost while on approach to runway 09; the aircraft crashed 45-deg. nose down into the ground from a height of 300 feet, 1000 feet short of the runway.

PROBABLE CAUSE: 10th Stage compressor disc failure; fuel lines were severed by debris, causing a fire in the no.2 engine area. The fire spread because the crew didn't shut off the fuel supply.


Flight International 21 October 1978 (1459)
St. Petersburg Times - Oct 12, 1976


  • 4th worst accident in 1976
  • 4th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 4th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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