CDM | Centre for Disaster Management (Haryana Institute of Public Administration)

Case Studies

Charkhi Dadri Mid-Air Collision

The Charkhi Dadri mid-air collision occurred on 12 November 1996 over the village of Charkhi Dadri, to the west of New Delhi, India. The aircraft involved were a Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747-100B en route from Delhi to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and a Kazakhstan Airlines Ilyushin Il-76 en route from Chimkent, Kazakhstan, to Delhi. The crash killed all 349 people on board both planes, making it the world's deadliest mid-air collision,the deadliest aviation accident to occur in India and the third-deadliest aircraft accident in the history of aviation, behind only the Tenerife airport disaster and Japan Airlines Flight 123.

Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 763

The captain of the flight, aged 45, was a veteran pilot with more than 9,800 flying hours to his credit. An article published in The New York Times on 14 November 1996 stated that 215 Indians who boarded the flight worked in Saudi Arabia; many of them worked or planned to work in blue collar jobs as house maids, drivers, and cooks. The article also stated that 40 Nepalis and three Americans boarded the Saudi flight. According to an article in the same newspaper published a day earlier, the passenger manifest included 17 people of other nationalities, including nine Nepalis, three Pakistanis, two Americans, one Bangladeshi, one Briton, and one Saudi. Twelve of the crew members, including five anti-terrorism officials, were Saudi citizens.

Kazakhstan Airlines Flight 1907

The 44-year-old captain of Flight 1907 was also highly experienced, with more than 9,200 flight hours under his belt. A company from Kyrgyzstan chartered the flight, and the passenger manifest mostly included ethnic Russian Kyrgyz citizens planning to go shopping in India. Thirteen Kyrgyz traders boarded the flight.

Dabwali Fire Accident

The incident occurred at the Rajiv Marriage Palace in Dabwali, where the local DAV Public School was holding its annual prize distribution function. A synthetic tent, which had been set up inside the building, caught alight when an electric generator short-circuited. The fire spread quickly and blocked the main entrance; many of the deaths were caused by the resultant stampede as 1,500 people tried to escape through the single exit door. At least 400 people died in the fire, and another 160 were injured, half of them with serious burns. Some sources estimate that up to 540 people were killed, 170 of them children.

Palwal Flood

Palwal did not face severe flood situation till now. But still Palwal got affected in 1978, 2010 and now in 2013 due to the floods. The villages situated at the bank of the river got affected in 1978. As these were not severe and flash floods, only agricultural fields were got affected. In 2010, 13924 Acres was the total crop area damaged due the flood. No other damaged had been seen in 2010. Now in 2013 Palwal again Faced flood situation in Mewlipur and Indranagar villages.

Palwal Borewell Accident

The incident occurred in the Balai village of Palwal district of Haryana. The victim Tanu (Bipasha) and her family had come to her maternal grandmother's house for a relative's marriage.

The accident took place on 29th May 2013, Wednesday, afternoon at around 3.30 pm when 4 years old Tanu was playing outside the house; she suddenly slipped into the open 180 ft borewell and stuck inside at about 25 ft down. Her family members were alerted when she started crying and called out her mother's name. Immediately, villagers informed police and district administration about the incident.