G-AMUV - AVRO YORK - GURGAON - 25th MAY 1958
The 1958 Dan-Air Avro York airplane crash was a fatal accident involving an Avro York 685 York C.1 cargo aircraft operated by Dan - Air Services Limited on a non-scheduled international all-cargo service between Karachi, Pakistan, and New Delhi, India. The aircraft crashed on 25 May 1958 during a forced landing at Gurgaon, Haryana, India, after an engine had caught fire en route from Karachi to Delhi. Four of the five occupants of the aircraft were killed.
The aircraft, operated by Dan - Air was an Avro 685 York C.1 (registration: G-AMUV) that had its first flight in 1946.
Following the aircraft's departure from Karachi Airport in Pakistan's Sindh province, an in-flight fire developed en route to Delhi. This necessitated an immediate forced landing on rough terrain near Gurgaon in the Indian state of Haryana, resulting in the aircraft's break-up and a post-crash fire. Among the crew of five, the radio operator was the sole survivor. This crash was Dan-Air's first fatal accident.
The subsequent investigation established a mid-air fire as a consequence of an internal failure of the aircraft's no. 1 engine as the accident's probable cause.
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