Air India Flight 403

Air India Flight 403 was a scheduled Air India passenger flight that crashed at Sahar International Airport in Bombay, India on 21 June 1982. It was likely caused by miscalculated altitude in a heavy rainstorm.

Air India Flight 403
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The aircraft involved in the accident, 1976.
Date21 June 1982
SummaryPilot error; inclement weather as a contributing factor
SiteSahar International Airport, Mumbai, India
Aircraft typeBoeing 707–437
Aircraft nameGauri Shankar
OperatorAir India
Flight originKuala Lumpur International Airport, Kuala Lumpur
StopoverMadras International Airport, Madras (now Chennai)
DestinationSahar International Airport, Bombay (now Mumbai)


On 21 June 1982, Air India Flight 403, a Boeing 707-437 (registered VT-DJJ) named Gauri Shankar, arriving from Kuala Lumpur International Airport via Madras (now Chennai), crashed after a hard landing during a rainstorm.[1] The fuselage exploded after starting a late go-around. Of 111 occupants on the aircraft, 2 of 12 crew members and 15 of 99 passengers were killed.[2][3]


The Indian board of inquiry determined the probable cause of the crash to be "Deliberate reduction of engine power by the pilot 12 seconds prior to first impact due to altitude unawareness resulting in a high rate of descent, very heavy landing and the undershooting of the aircraft by 1300 feet."[4]


  1. ^ Mendis, Sean (26 July 2004). "Air India : The story of the aircraft". Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Accident Database: Accident Synopsis 06221982". Archived from the original on 16 June 2008. Retrieved 25 May 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ "Air India plane crashes". Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  4. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 707-437 VT-DJJ Bombay-Santacruz Airport (BOM)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 25 May 2020.