Accident Douglas C-54A-DO (DC-4) VT-DIA, Monday 8 September 1958
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Date:Monday 8 September 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-54A-DO (DC-4)
Owner/operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-DIA
MSN: 3094
Year of manufacture:1943
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 31
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Madras Airport (MAA) -   India
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Madras Airport (MAA/VOMM)
En route to Madras, a poorly installed gasket of the autopilot filter gave way, causing a failure of the main hydraulic system. The problems were not diagnosed correctly and upon landing the emergency handpump and air brake systems were not utilized properly, causing the DC-4 to overshoot the runway. The aircraft crashed into obstructions and was damaged beyond repair as a result.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the commander to effect a safe precautionary landing afte experiencing failures of the main hydraulic system in flight."



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