Air India's Malabar Princess Crashes on the Mont Blanc
1950 November 3, "Malabar Princess", a Lockheed Constellation of the Air India company, registered VT-CQP, was connecting Bombay to London via Cairo and Geneva, the next stopover.
It is a flight reserved for the transportation of forty soldiers of the Indian navy who, returning of permission, joined their ship, based in Newcastle upon Tyne in the U.k..
The crew includes: the Chief Pilot Alan Saint 34 years, British, the copilot V.Y. Korgaokar, the navigator S Antia, the mechanical-navigator F. Gomes, the radio P. Nazir (2263 h/v), the additional mechanical-navigator D. Ranghuram, the steward S. Ganesh and the hostess Myrtle Grostate.
Air-India flight 245 departed Bombay on a flight to London with several intermediate stops. While descending towards Geneva, the airplane flew into the side of Mont Blanc at an elevation of 15.000 feet.
The wreckage was located November 5.
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.
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.