Airplane Crash - Mont Blanc, French Alps, Switzerland 01/24/1966

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Mont Blanc, French Alps, Switzerland


Date01/24/1966
Time08:02
LocationMont Blanc, French Alps, Switzerland
OperatorAir India
Flight #101
RouteBombay - Beirut - Geneva - Paris - London -New York
TypeBoeing B-707-437
RegistrationVT-DMN
Cn/In18055/200
Aboard117
Fatalities117
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft was told to hold at 1,000 ft. above the clouds before landing at Geneva but descended below the minimum safe altitude and crashed into Mont Blanc. With a malfunctioning No. 2 VOR the crew thought they had already passed Mt. Blanc. Miscalculation by the crew on their position and the phraseology used by the controller in relay the aircraft's position. Hambi Bhabha, father of India's nuclear program killed. The aircraft was named Kanchenjunga.

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