50 Years ago today: On 14 June 1972 a Japan Air Lines McDonnell Douglas DC-8-53 crashed near Jaitpur, India, killing 82 out of 87 persons on board.
|Date:||Wednesday 14 June 1972|
|Operator:||Japan Air Lines – JAL|
|Engines:||4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 11|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 72 / Occupants: 76|
|Total:||Fatalities: 82 / Occupants: 87|
|Ground casualties:||Fatalities: 4|
|Aircraft fate:||Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||ca 20 km E of Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL) ( India)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand|
|Destination airport:||Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL/VIDP), India|
The DC-8 took off from Bangkok at 11:21 UTC on a flight to Delhi, India. Clearance for a straight-in ILS approach to Delhi runway 28 was given at 14:43 UTC. Shortly after reporting 23DME, the aircraft struck the banks of River Yamuna.
The first officer was Pilot Flying during the approach to Delhi.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Japanese investigators claimed a false glide path signal to be responsible for the descent into terrain. Indian investigators say the accident was caused by a total disregard of laid down procedures by the crew and abandoning all instrument indications without properly ensuring sighting of the runway.