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Last updated: 2 December 2021
Date:Monday 8 September 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54A-DO (DC-4)
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: VT-DIA
MSN: 3094
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 27
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 31
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Madras Airport (MAA) (   India)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Madras Airport (MAA/VOMM), India
En route to Madras, a poorly installed gasket of the autopilot filter gave way, causing a failure of the main hydraulic system. The problems were not diagnosed correctly and upon landing the emergency handpump and air brake systems were not utilized properly, causing the DC-4 to overshoot the runway. The aircraft crashed into obstructions and was damaged beyond repair as a result.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the commander to effect a safe precautionary landing afte experiencing failures of the main hydraulic system in flight."


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