Alfred Rose’s Aeroplane-ank Uzo A Sad Konkani Cover by S Fernandes in memory of Air crash victims
Originally sung by Alfred Rose the Great Singer of the Goan stage, this melody speaks about a true event when the singers Madrasi friend meets a tragic end in an Aeroplane crash while on his way to Madras to see his newborn son. The plane had crashed killing 95 people while on descent at the Mumbai Airport.
Flight 171 was a scheduled domestic passenger flight from Bombay to Madras. A Boeing aircraft was originally supposed to make the flight but it developed engine trouble and was replaced with a Sud Aviation Caravelle. Shortly after takeoff from runway 27, Flight 171 suffered a No. 2 engine failure. The crew of Flight 171 immediately turned back to attempt an emergency landing on Bombay Airport’s runway 09. With its undercarriage down approximately 1000 yards from the end of the runway and while at an altitude of 300 feet, the aircraft suffered a loss of control and plummeted into the ground. Everyone on board Flight 171 perished in the accident.
A fatigue crack in the tenth stage compressor disc caused a power plant failure which was followed by the bursting of the compressor casing and the cutting of fuel lines that spanned the structure. This caused an intense in-flight fire in the engine bay. It is believed the fire consumed the Caravelle’s supply of hydraulic fluid and this was the cause of the aircraft going out of control.
Famous South Indian actress Rani Chandra died in the crash along with her mother and sisters