Accident Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3) VT-CGI, Sunday 29 March 1959
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Date:Sunday 29 March 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3)
Owner/operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-CGI
MSN: 20176
Year of manufacture:1944
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Fatalities:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:56 km W of Silchar -   India
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Agartala-Singerbhil Airport (IXA/VEAT)
Destination airport:Silchar-Kumbhirgram Airport (IXS/VEKU)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The DC-3 was operating on a flight from Calcutta (CCU) to Imphal (IMF) via Agartala (IXA) and Silchar (IXS). The aircraft took off from Agartala at 10:10 for a 50-minute flight to Silchar. En route weather was poor (thunderstorms in the area southwest of Silchar). The aircraft didn't arrive at its destination and was found to have crashed.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Structural failure occurred while the aircraft was flying through a thunderstorm. The failure originated in the port centre section and was due to loads which exceeded the ultimate design value for the structure. It was not possible to establish whether the pilot adopted the correct procedure for flying in turbulence."


ICAO Accident Digest Circular 62-AN/57 (109-111)


  • 20th worst accident in 1959
  • 141st worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 79th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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