50 Years ago today: On 31 May 1973 an Indian Airlines Boeing 737-2A8 collided with high tension wires and crashed near Delhi; killing 48 out of 65 occupants.

Date:Thursday 31 May 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2A8
Operator:Indian Airlines
First flight:1971-03-26 (2 years 2 months)
Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 43 / Occupants: 58
Total:Fatalities: 48 / Occupants: 65
Aircraft damage:Destroyed
Aircraft fate:Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:6 km (3.8 mls) from Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) (   India)
Phase:Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Madras Airport (MAA/VOMM), India
Destination airport:Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP), India

The Boeing 737 named “Saranga” collided with high tension wires during an NDB instrument approach, crashed and caught fire. The visibility was below minima, but the pilot continued the approach, descended below minimum descent altitude and selected 40deg. flaps without sighting the runway.
The plane had taken off from Madras at 19:15.