Air India plane crashes

The following are either fatal events involving at least one passenger death or significant safety occurrences involving the airline. Excluded would be events where the only passengers killed were stowaways, hijackers, or saboteurs. The passenger fatalities in the numbered events may be due to accidents, hijackings, sabotage, or military action. Airlines owned or controlled by Air India are also included. Only events since 1970 are included.

  1. 1 January 1978; Air India 747-200; Bombay, India: The plane crashed in the sea shortly after takeoff, killing all 190 passengers and 23 crew. Flight International magazine states that this accident was due to a failure of an attitude detector.

  2. 21 June 1982; Air India 707-400; Bombay, India: After a hard landing at night and in heavy rain, the aircraft bounced off of the runway and the crew elected to perform a go around. The aircraft stalled shortly after takeoff and fell back on the runway. The aircraft then ran off of the runway and broke up. Two of the 12 crew members and 15 of the 99 passenger were killed.

  3. 23 June 1985; Air India 747-200; Atlantic Ocean, near the Irish coast: The flight, which was en route to Bombay from Canada, had a bomb explode on board near the Irish coast. The aircraft broke up in flight and crashed into the sea. All 307 passengers and 22 crew were killed.

  4. 22 May 2010; Air India Express; 737-800; VT-AXV; flight 812; Mangalore, India: The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Dubai, UAE, to Mangalore, India, arriving just after 6 a.m. local time. The aircraft landed on one of the runways at Mangalore airport, but was unable to stop on the runway, crashing into a gorge. All six crew members and 152 of the 160 passengers were killed.
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Air India plane crashes -- Revised: 26 January 2017