Air India Flight 101

Air India Flight 101Monday January 24, 1966
The aircraft was told to hold at 1,000 ft. above the clouds before landing at Geneva but descended below the minimum safe altitude and crashed into Mont Blanc. With a malfunctioning No. 2 VOR the crew thought they had already passed Mt. Blanc. Miscalculation by the crew on their position and the phraseology used by the controller in relay the aircraft's position. Hambi Bhabha, father of India's nuclear program killed. The aircraft was named Kanchenjunga.

Crash Details

DateMonday January 24, 1966
LocationMont Blanc, French Alps, Switzerland
Passengers106
Crew11
Fatalities117
Survivors0
Aircraft TypeBoeing B-707-437
OperatorAir India
RegistrationVT-DMN
Flight OriginBombay
Flight Destination Beirut
Mont Blanc, French Alps, Switzerland
Air India
Boeing B-707-437
1966