Indian Airlines Flight 113
was a flight operating from Mumbai
that crashed on its final approach to Ahmedabad airport
on 19 October 1988, killing 130 people (including all 6 crew members). The plane's pilots, Captain Deepak Nagpal and Commander Dallaya both perished in the crash. Professor Labdhi Bhandari from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad was one of the prominent victims of the crash.
The flight was cleared for a visual approach into a foggy Ahmedabad, when it struck trees and a high-tension pylon at a distance of 5 km from Runway 23, before crashing into a field and bursting into flames.
Although initially attributed to pilot error, it was subsequently proved in the Ahmedabad Civil court that the navigational aids at Ahmedabad airport were not functioning accurately and that the ATC failed to ensure that the latest weather information was communicated to the aircraft before the accident occurred.
In 1989, Indian Airlines had initially offered to pay Rs. 2 lakhs as full and final settlement to the relatives of each of the victims. However, this was in the Ahmedabad City Civil court on October 14, 2009 and higher amounts were awarded by the court on a case-by-case basis, including factors... Read More