God Grant Forgiveness: The story of the Charkhi Dadri Midair Collision

Firefighters work to put out the flames amid the wreckage of Saudi Arabian Airlines flight 763 the morning after the crash. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
UN-76435, the Kazakhstan Airlines aircraft involved in the accident. (Felix Goetting)
Up close with an Il-76. (Rostec)
The cabin of an Il-76 in a passenger configuration. This particular aircraft is in service carrying passengers to and from Antarctica. (Unknown author)
The route of Kazakhstan Airlines flight 1907. (Google + own work)
HZ-AIH, the Saudi Arabian Airlines aircraft involved in the accident. (Andy Kennaugh)
The route of Saudi Arabian Airlines flight 763. (Google + own work)
How the separation between the two aircraft was supposed to have been assured. (Own work)
Unsatisfied with the accuracy of all existing depictions of the collision, I produced the above sketch based on the descriptions contained in the official report. (Own work)
The sun rises over the debris field left by Saudi 763. (Robert Nickelsberg)
The forward section of the Il-76, which was the most recognizable part of either plane. (Bhawan Singh)
The Saudi 747 was mostly reduce to charred rubble. (Robert Nickelsberg)
Firefighters extinguish lingering hot spots in the wreckage of the 747 the day after the crash. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
Rescuers remove a body from the wreckage of the 747. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
Some passenger seats were ejected from the 747 while it was still in the air. (Robert Nickelsberg)
A soldier guards what appears to be a large piece of the 747 that broke off in flight. (Robert Nickelsberg)
Passengers’ personal effects lie scattered near the remains of a Saudi Arabian Airlines cargo container. (Unknown author)
Part of the 747’s fuselage which apparently separated prior to impact. (Bhawan Singh)
Bits of the 747 lie strewn in a fallow field. (Robert Nickelsberg)
Soldiers inspect part of one of the planes — it is unclear which one. (Sondeep Shankar)
Part of the Il-76’s intact forward section still bore the Kazakhstan Airlines livery. (Sondeep Shankar)
White sheets cover human remains near the wreckage of the Il-76. (Sondeep Shankar)
A soldier stands in front of a tree destroyed during the impact of the 747. (Sondeep Shankar)
A large piece of one aircraft or the other — it’s too mangled to tell right away. (Sondeep Shankar)
Firefighters extinguish flames near the 747’s impact crater. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
The sun rises over the wreckage of Saudi Arabian Airlines flight 763. (Robert Nickelsberg)

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Analyzer of plane crashes and author of upcoming book (eventually™). Contact me via @Admiral_Cloudberg on Reddit or by email at kylanddempsey@gmail.com.

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Analyzer of plane crashes and author of upcoming book (eventually™). Contact me via @Admiral_Cloudberg on Reddit or by email at kylanddempsey@gmail.com.