Tuesday, 8th of March, 1994

– India

A Sahara Airlines Boeing 737-2R4C, registration VT-SIA, operating a local training flight at Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP), India, lost control and crashed during a takeoff attempt at Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP), India.

The airplane crashed into a parked Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-86, RA-86119. The four crew onboard each aircraft and one person on the ground perished. (9 fatalities)

– Details:

A Sahara India Airlines Boeing 737, VT-SIA, was engaged in a training flight with an instructor and 3 trainee pilots. Five circuits and landings were completed uneventfully. During the sixth touch-and-go exercise, after the take off from runway 28, the aircraft had climbed to 400-500 feet when it banked left and crashed at the International Terminal Apron. The wreckage of aircraft hit an Aeroflot Ilyushin 86 aircraft parked on Bay No. 45 as a result of which it also caught fire. Two Aeroflot employees, a Russian ground engineer and an airport worker were killed inside the Il-86. One employee of an airport oil company was killed on the tarmac.

The Ilyushin 86, RA-86119, had made an unscheduled diversion to Delhi due to technical problems. The airplane had been repaired and fully fuelled (52 tons).

– Cause: “The accident occurred due to application of wrong rudder by trainee pilot during engine failure exercise. Capt. did not guard/block the rudder control and give clear commands as Instructor so as to obviate the application of wrong rudder control by the trainee pilot”.