Accident Douglas DC-8-53 JA8012, Wednesday 14 June 1972
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Date:Wednesday 14 June 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC85 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-8-53
Owner/operator:Japan Air Lines - JAL
Registration: JA8012
MSN: 45680/213
Year of manufacture:1964
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT3D-
Fatalities:Fatalities: 82 / Occupants: 87
Other fatalities:4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:ca 20 km E of Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL) -   India
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD)
Destination airport:Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL/VIDP)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The DC-8 took off from Bangkok at 11:21 UTC on a flight to Delhi, India. Clearance for a straight-in ILS approach to Delhi runway 28 was given at 14:43 UTC. Shortly after reporting 23DME, the aircraft struck the banks of River Yamuna.
The first officer was Pilot Flying during the approach to Delhi.

PROBABLE CAUSE: Japanese investigators claimed a false glide path signal to be responsible for the descent into terrain. Indian investigators say the accident was caused by a total disregard of laid down procedures by the crew and abandoning all instrument indications without properly ensuring sighting of the runway.


Civil aircraft accidents 1972 / Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, CAD, ASD


  • 12th worst accident in 1972
  • 3rd worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 2nd worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) Caz Caswell; London-Heathrow Airport (LHR); 1970

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