Flight of Air India 101 occurred on 24 January 1966 for the French side of Mont Blanc. The crash of the Boeing 707-437 belonging to Air India killed 117 people (106 passengers and 11 crew members) – all aboard.
Boeing 707-437 (no. Reg VT-DMN), which wrecked its first flight took place in April 1961. A month later, he was transferred to the lines of Air India, where he received the name of Kanchenjunga. Until the crash, the aircraft was wylatane 16,188 hours.
The plane was flying on the line Delhi – Beirut – Geneva – New York. The plane took off from Beirut, where he took his first stopover, the flight to Geneva. During the approach to landing in Geneva, the plane crashed into the edge of Glacier des Bossons glacier, descending from the summit of Mont Blanc. The disaster occurred at an altitude of 4750 meters. Of the 117 people on board – no one survived the crash.
The cause of the crash was pilot error, who was convinced that it is at a safe height and allowing the exchange rate to bypass the summit of Mont Blanc.
Only sixteen years earlier, in November 1950, on the summit of Mont Blanc, crashed Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation, also belonging to Air India. The tragedy happened also during approach to landing in Geneva. 48 people were killed.