Runway incursion Accident Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3) VT-AUA, Sunday 1 September 1957
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Date:Sunday 1 September 1957
Time:05:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47A-25-DK (DC-3)
Owner/operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-AUA
MSN: 13245
Year of manufacture:1944
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport (CCU) -   India
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport (CCU/VECC)
Destination airport:Pasighat Airport (IXT/VEPG)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
Airwork Hermes G-AKFP was on a flight from Blackbushe to Singapore with intermediate stops at Karachi, Delhi, and Calcutta. Approaching Calcutta, the Hermes was cleared for a runway 19L ILS approach 04:41. At break-off height shower passed and the crew were not able to see the runway; an overshoot was carried out. At 05:01 ATC offered the captain a radar assisted approach to runway 01R; he was no. 2 to land at that moment. Radar Control then guided the aircraft and cleared it for a visual landing at 05:29. At that moment the aircraft was one mile from the threshold and to the left of the runway 01R centreline.
After breaking through clouds the captain observed the runway. R/T was turned down and the captain continued visually. In fact the Hermes was approaching runway 01L. An Indian Airlines DC-3 has just been cleared to line up and hold on runway 01L. On landing, the Hermes struck the DC-3.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An error on the part of the Commander of the Hermes aircraft in turning down the R/T during the final stage of the radar assisted approach and in deciding to continue the approach under conditions which did not enable him to identify positively the correct runway."

Sources:

ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (24-27)
Indian Express 2-9-1957

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photo (c) Dave; Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport (CCU/VECC); 01 September 1957

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