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Last updated: 4 December 2021
Date:Sunday 24 July 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic B742 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-228B (SCD)
Operator:Air France
Registration: N4506H
MSN: 22794/558
First flight: 1982-03-17 (6 years 4 months)
Engines: 4 General Electric CF6-50E2
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 15
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 260
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 275
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) (   India)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP), India
Destination airport:Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG/LFPG), France
A Boeing 747-228B (SCD), operating Air France flight 187 to Paris, suffered a takeoff accident at Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), India.
The copilot was pilot flying. During takeoff the aircraft attained V1 (156 kts). Two and a half seconds later the No. 4 engine fire warning came on. The copilot rejected the takeoff at a speed of 172 kts.
The aircraft overran the runway, causing the main gear to collapse. There was no fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The improper decision of the handling pilot (co-pilot) to abort the take-off at a speed higher than V1 following fire warning coming on No. 4 engine due to crack in turbine mid frame outer casing. Lack of crew coordination was a contributory cause."

Rejected takeoff
Runway excursion

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Distance from Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport as the crow flies is 6524 km (4078 miles).

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