Rescuers search the debris of the crashed Indian Airlines plane in Aurangabad. At least 55 people were killed when the plane went down soon after take-off. Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

1993 - Fifty five people were killed when an Indian Airlines plane crashed on take-off after apparently hitting a truck carrying cotton bales. The Boeing 737 crashed near the western city of Aurangabad in hot, low-density air due to inadequate engine power. The aircraft, with 112 passengers and six crew, had just taken off from Aurangabad for Mumbai. Before it could gain enough height, its landing gear hit a high-rise truck, passing on the road close to the runway outside the perimeter wall at the eastern end, caught fire and the aircraft belly-landed some seven km from the airport. The plane broke into three pieces and parts of the wreckage caught fire, according to Indian Airlines officials. Fifty-seven passengers survived along with four crewmembers.

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