1958 Dan-Air Avro York crash

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1958 Dan-Air Avro York crash
Avro 685 York G-AMXM Hunting Clan Ringway 27.08.55 edited-3.jpg
An Avro York similar to the accident aircraft
Accident summary
Date 25 May 1958
Summary Engine failure and on-board fire
Site Near Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Passengers 0
Crew 5
Fatalities 4
Injuries (non-fatal) 0
Survivors 1
Aircraft type Avro York 685 York C.1
Operator Dan-Air
Registration G-AMUV
Flight origin Karachi
Destination New Delhi

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.[1][2][3]

The aircraft[edit]

The aircraft, operated by Dan Air Services Ltd, was an Avro 685 York C.1 (registration: G-AMUV) that had its first flight in 1946.[2]


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.[2] Among the crew of five, the radio operator was the sole survivor. This crash was Dan-Air's first fatal accident.[1]


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.