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Chronology of Air crashes in India

Following is the chronology of major air crashes in India in reverse order

india Updated: Aug 12, 2003 15:31 IST

(In reverse order)

Relatives and ONGC employees surround an ambulance carrying the body of a crash victim after it reached a helipad in Mumbai.


August 11, 2003: Three people were killed and 24 went missing and were feared dead after a helicopter carrying employees of the Oil and Natural Gas Commission went down in the Arabian Sea.

April 7, 2003: An IAF MiG-21 fighter jet crashed into a milk processing plant in Haryana area near Chandigarh, injuring at least three people.

April 4, 2003: Three women and a child on ground were among the five people killed while four persons were injured, three of them seriously, after a Mig-23 fighter of the Indian Air Force crashed in a residential areain Mullanpur Dakhanear Ludhiana in Punjab While four died on the spot, one died in the hospital later.

Nov 5, 2002: At least five people were kiled after a Jaguar fighter of the IAF crashed into a residential area near an airbase in Haryana state.

Oct 1, 2002: Two Naval cargo aircraft collided in mid-air during a ceremonial flypast killing 17 people - 12 Navy personnel on board and three civilians on ground- near Dabholim airport, 35 kms from Goa. Nineteen people on the ground were also injured.

March 1, 2002: Lok Sabha Speaker GMC Balayogi was killed along with two others when the five-seater private helicopter carrying him crashed in Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh.

July 17, 2000: Over 60 people were killed in an Alliance Air Boeing 737 plane crash at Patna airport. The crash was blamed on loss of control due to pilot error.

March 7, 1999: On a day when Indian Air Force was flexing its muscles at "Vayushakti-99" display in Pokhran deserts, 21 persons including 18 men from the force were killed in Delhi in a crash involving Antonov-32 transport jet they were travelling in. It crash-landed near Indira Gandhi International Airport. This was the first time so many defence personnel were killed in a single crash.

March 5, 1999: An Air France Boeing-747 cargo plane went up in flames at Chennai airport.

Jul 30, 1998: A Dornier aircraft crashed while taking off at Cochin airport in Kerala killing all six persons on board and three others who were working inside a naval workshop building onto which it nose-dived and burst into flames.

Nov 12, 1996: The worst ever accident in the history of civil aviation in India took place when a Saudi B747 collided with a Kazakh IL76 about 40 miles west of Delhi killing all 365 on board the two jets. Primary cause of accident as identified by the Court of Inquiry headed by Justice RC Lahoti of Delhi High Court was inability of Kazakh cockpit crew to understand English.

April 26, 1993: Fifty-six die in an Indian Airlines Boeing-737 crash at Aurangabad.

Aug 16, 1991: Sixty-nine persons are killed when a Boeing 737 bursts into flame over Loktak Hydel Power Project near Imphal in Manipur.

March 25, 1991: Twenty-five die in an Avro-HS-748 Indian Air Force craft mishap near Yelahanka station.

Feb 14, 1990: Ninety-two die in an Airbus-320 crash near Bangalore airport.

Dec 15, 1989: Seven died in a helicopter crash near Pahajkalaghat. Eleven died in a Vayudoot plane crash in Pune on the same day.

Feb 7, 1989: Three die after a Westland helicopter crashes in Merena near Kohima.

Oct 19, 1988: 131 passengers died in an IA Boeing-737 crash near Ahmedabad.

Oct 19, 1988: Thirty-five died in a Vayudoot Fokker Friendship plane crash near Guwahati.

Nov/Dec 1978: Seventy-seven died after an AN-42 transport plane crashed near Leh in J&K. Three died in Boeing-737 crash near Hyderabad on Dec 17 this year.

Aug 4, 1978: 45 die in an Avro-748 crash near Pune.

Oct 12, 1976: Ninty-five died after a Caravelle crashed near Bombay.

May 31, 1973: Forty-eight died in a Boeing crash in Delhi.

Aug 11, 1972: Eighteen people died after a Fokker Friendship aircraft crashes near Palam.

March 26, 1971: Fifteen die in a Dakota crash in Delhi.

August 29, 1970: Thirty-nine killed in an air crash near Silchar in Assam.

April 21, 1969: Forty-four die in a Fokker Friendship mishap.

Feb 7, 1966: Thirty-seven people die in a Fokker Friendship crash near Banihal Pass in Jammu and Kashmir.