Thursday, 12 September 2013

DC 50 years ago: Delhi-bound I.A.C. Viscount crashes; 13 passengers and 5 crew aboard killed

All the 18 persons on board an Indian Airlines Viscount (VT-D-10) were killed this morning when it crashed at Jojou village near the Mania railway station on the Agra/Gwalior line according to an I.A.C press release issued here this evening.

The bodies are being flown to Delhi. The ill-fated aircraft was on a scheduled flight (night airmail) from Nagpur to Delhi. It left Nagpur at 0230 hours this morning and reported to ground control at 0340 hours that it would land at Palam at 0434 hours.

This was the last message received. Two IAC Dakotas with senior officers of Indian Airlines left Safdarjung early in the morning in an attempt to locate the aircraft which had, by then, become overdue.

The wreckage was sighted four miles east of the Mania railway station by an IAF Fairchild Packet which had joined the search. According to the message received from the aircraft, the wreckage appeared to be completely burnt out.

An IAF helicopter had been rushed to the scene of the accident with medical supplies. Another Dakota had left Safdarjung this evening for Agra with relations of the passengers and crew of the ill-fated aircraft.

Thursday 12 September 2013


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