Air India Flight 403

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Air India Flight 403
Boeing 707-437, Air-India AN2227437.jpg
The aircraft involved in the accident, seen in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in 1976.
Accident summary
Date 21 June 1982
Summary Pilot error
Site Sahar International Airport, Mumbai, India
Passengers 99
Crew 12
Fatalities 17
Survivors 94
Aircraft type Boeing 707–437
Aircraft name Gouri Shankar
Operator Air India
Registration VT-DJJ
Flight origin Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Kuala Lumpur
Stopover Madras International Airport, Madras (now Chennai)
Destination Sahar International Airport, Bombay (now Mumbai)

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 probably caused by miscalculated altitude in a heavy rainstorm.


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

Flight number[edit]

While it is a custom to retire flight numbers after a fatal crash, Air India continues to use the AI403 flight designation on the New Delhi (DEL) to Bengaluru (BLR) route which is normally operated by an Airbus A320-200. AI403 was also used as a training flight starting in September 2012 for their new Boeing 787-8.