The Charkhi Dadri mid-air collision occurred on 12 November 1996 when Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 763 (SV 763), a Boeing 747-168B en route from New Delhi, India, to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, collided in mid-air with Air Kazakhstan Flight 1907 (9Y 1907), an Ilyushin Il-76 en route from Shymkent, Kazakhstan to New Delhi, over the village of Charkhi Dadri, Haryana, India. All 349 people on board both flights were killed, making it the deadliest mid-air collision to date.
Aviation crash video
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Flight SV 763 departed Delhi at 6:32 PM local time. Flight 9Y 1907 was, at the same time, descending to land at Delhi. The crew of flight 763 consisted of captain Khalid Al Shoujaili, first officer Nazir Khan, and flight engineer Evris. On Flight 9Y 1907, Gennadi Cherepanov served as the pilot and Egor Repp served as the radio operator.
Flight 9Y 1907 was cleared to descend to 15,000 feet when 74 miles from the airport while Flight SV 763, traveling on the same airway as Flight 9Y 1907 but in the opposite direction, was cleared to climb to 14,000 feet/ About eight minutes later, around 6:40 PM, Flight 9Y 1907 reported having reached 15,000 feet (4,600 m). At this time the controller advised the flight, "Identified traffic 12 o'clock, reciprocal Saudia Boeing 747, 14 miles. Report in sight."
When the controller called Flight 9Y 1907 again, he received no reply. He warned of the other flight's distance, but it was too late — the two aircraft had crashed almost head-on. The left wing of 9Y 1907 sliced through the aft and tail sections of SV 763. Flight SV 763 disintegrated almost immediately, while the fuselage of Flight 9Y 1907 remained structurally intact until it crashed in a field. Rescuers discovered three critically injured passengers of the Saudi aircraft with faint heartbeats; they were taken to hospital but died there.). In the end, all 312 people on board Flight SV 763 and all 37 people on Flight 9Y 1907 perished.
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- Head-on aircrash (with Greek subtitles)
- There is a different version of this accident. You can find this version (with Greek subtitles) as Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.