VT-DWN Indian Airlines – 12. October 1976

Date  12.   October 1976
Location Bombay,   India
C/N 231
Model  Caravelle   VIN
Airline Indian   Airlines
Registration VT-DWN
Occupants  6/6 + 89/89
Aircraft history VT-DWN c/n 231 Caravelle 6N, made its first flight  on October 20th 1067 as F-WLGB and was delivered to Indian Airlines on November 2nd 1967, registered VT-DWN named “Shantidoot”
Accident description VT-DWN took of from Bombay Santa-Cruz Airport on runway 27 when the 10th Stage compressor disc of engine number 2 failed resulting in severe damage of the hydraulic system and fuel lines which caught fire resulting in a severe damage of the hydraulic reservoir (located aft of the pressure bulkhead). The crew decided to return to the airport immedialtely. While approaching runway 09 the elevators failed due to the loss of hydraulic pressure at an altitude of 300feet causing the aircraft to pitch down and impacting with a 45° nose down attitude 990 feet short of the runway. The tragic crash was due to the crew’s failure to shut the fuel supply to the damaged engine.The flight was to be performed by a Boeing 737-200 but this plane was grounded due to a damaged engine.