50 Years ago today: On 9 December 1971 an Indian Airlines HAL-748 crashed at Chinnamanur, killing 21 out of 31 occupants (1st HAL-748 write-off).
|Date:||Thursday 9 December 1971|
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. HAL-748-224 Srs. 2
|First flight:||1968-01-02 (3 years 11 months)|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 27|
|Total:||Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 31|
|Aircraft fate:||Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Cumbum ( India)|
|Crash site elevation:||1585 m (5200 feet) amsl|
|Phase:||En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Trivandrum Airport (TRV/VOTV), India|
|Destination airport:||Madurai Airport (IXM/VOMD), India|
The aircraft strayed off course and collided with a hill in the Meghamalai hills, at an altitude of 5200 feet, 29 miles left off its desired track.