Accident Douglas DC-3 VT-AUR, Saturday 10 January 1981
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Date:Saturday 10 January 1981
Time:10:28
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-3
Owner/operator:Maharashtra Government
Registration: VT-AUR
MSN: 13686
Year of manufacture:1944
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 19
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Category:Accident
Location:Karad Airport -   India
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Bombay-Santacruz Airport (BOM/VABB)
Destination airport:Karad Airport
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The DC-3 was operating a flight from Bombay to Karad. On arrival Karad, the pilot, intending to touch down at about 50 ft from beginning of runway 10, made a tight right-hand circuit and a low approach. The aircraft descended too low and hit a Babul tree outside the airport. The captain, however, could control the aircraft and landed on the runway. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. All the occupants escaped unhurt. There was no fire.

The cause of the accident has been attributed to the pilot's improper in-flight decision/planning and mis-judgment of distance and height.

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