The Charkhi Dadri mid-air collision of November 1996 that happened in the Indian airspace was the worst in the history of civil aviation. The tragedy, which claimed 349 lives, raised so many crucial questions on the existing safety standards, leading to concerted efforts to make flying safer. Here is an analytical recap of the tragedy.
The Charkhi Dadri mid-air collision that occurred on November 12, 1996, over the village of Charkhi Dadri, to the west of New Delhi, India, was the worst in the history of civil aviation. The aircraft involved were a Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747-100B en route from New Delhi to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and a Kazakhstan Airlines Ilyushin II-76 en route from Shymkent, Kazakhstan, to New Delhi.
The crash, which killed all 349 people on board both the aircraft, was also the deadliest aviation accident to occur in India and the third deadliest aircraft accident in the history of aviation as a whole (both civil and defence taken together), behind only the Tenerife airport disaster and Japan Airlines Flight 123.
(Read the full article in the January Issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015 )