Air India Flight 245
DateNovember 3 1950
SummaryHeavy weather
SiteMont Blanc
Aircraft typeLockheed L-749A Constellation
OperatorAir India
Flight originBombay
Fatalities48 (all)

Air India Flight 245 was a scheduled Air India passenger flight that crashed at Mont Blanc in Switzerland on 3 November 1950.

The accident

On the morning of 3 November 1950 Air India Flight 245 called Malabar Princess a Lockheed L-749A Constellation (registered VT-CQP) carrying 40 passengers and 8 crew was flying on the Bombay-Cairo-Geneva-London route crashed on the Mont Blanc killing all on board.[1][2]

The control towers at Grenoble and Geneva received a report, "I am vertical with Voiron, at 4700 meters altitude." at 10:43 a.m. from the pilot. That is the last transmission from the aircraft before it crashed.

The "Malabar Princess" hit the face of the Rochers de la Tournette 4,677 m (15,344 ft) on the side of the Mont Blanc.[2] Rescue parties were sent out on November 5, after the stormy weather had receded. The debris littering the French face of the summit was located by a Swiss plane.[2] There were no survivors.

Sixteen years later Air India Flight 101 crashes in almost the exact spot.


  1. ^ "MALABAR PRINCESS". Retrieved 2009-06-17.
  2. ^ a b c "The "Malabar Princess" Catastrophe". Retrieved 2009-06-17.