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August 7, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Sanjay Crash Probe

This is the finding of the departmental inquiry by the inspector of accident, after a nearly a year-long investigation.

By: Editorial |
August 7, 2021 3:25:27 am
This is the front page of The Indian Express on 7th August 1981.

An unintentional spin and delay in initiation of recovery action was the probable cause of the crash of the Pitts aircraft in which Sanjay Gandhi and his co-pilot died last year. This is the finding of the departmental inquiry by the inspector of accident, after a nearly a year-long investigation. An official announcement of the acceptance of the findings of the report and a summary of its finding was made on August 6. Lack of experience and confusion between the two copilots as to who would handle the situation caused by the entry of the aircraft “into an unintentional spin”.

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