Date: July 17th, 2000
Type: Boeing 737-2A8
Operator: Alliance Air
Where: Patna, India
Report No.: Not Available
Report Date: -
This is not an accident investigation report.
Flight 7412 departed Calcutta around 06.50h for a flight to Patna, Lucknow
and Delhi. Approaching Patna, eyewitnesses said they saw the aircraft
wobble in the sky at a very low altitude for some time
before its left wing was torn off after hitting a neem tree. The plane
then grazed a few single-storied houses in a government residential
housing estate at Aneeshabad and exploded into a ball of fire. The
aircraft broke into four pieces.
The aircraft in question, VT-EGD, had been involved in an accident 14
years ago. On January 15, 1986, the pilot of flight 529 attempted to land
at Tiruchirapalli in conditions below weather minima. During a
go-around the wing contacted the runway due to an excessive bank angle.
The wing was substantially damaged but there were no injuries in this 1986 incident.