Accident Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle VI-N VT-DPP, Tuesday 15 February 1966
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Date:Tuesday 15 February 1966
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-DPP
MSN: 130
Year of manufacture:1964
Total airframe hrs:5411 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 80
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL) -   India
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Calcutta Airport (CCU/VECC)
Destination airport:Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL/VIDP)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The Caravelle undershot runway 28 in conditions of poor visibility. The aircraft struck a cement pillar and other obstructions and caught fire.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Government has accepted that the aircraft undershot and crashed as a result of the abandonment of the ILS approach at too early a stage during an attempt to land under conditions of poor visibility in fog.
Contributory causes: 1) Lack of information with the pilot regarding the true conditions of surface visibility, which was in fact below the minimum prescribed for a night landing by Caravelle aircraft on runway 28 at Palam. 2) Lack of proper monitoring and possibly incorrect setting of altimeter(s) during the approach to land. 3) The use of landing lights which resulted in glare during the final stages of the approach in foggy conditions."


ICAO Circular 88-AN/74 Volume II (64-74)


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