Narrative:It was a cold, snowy evening at London-Northolt Airport, when the DC-3 taxied into position for take-off. The snow storm had closed the airport to incoming traffic, and outbound traffic was subject to long delays. The plane had been waiting for more than an hour waiting for clearance. When G-AGZA received clearance, the pilot ran the engines up to 45.5 inches of manifold pressure and 2,500 RPM. The DC-3 lifted off the runway but couldn't gain height. The aircraft landed on top of a house at 46 Angus Drive in the London suburb of Ruislip.
|Date:||19 DEC 1946|
|Operator:||Railway Air Services|
|C/n / msn:|| 12455|
|First flight:|| 1944|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||1 km (0.6 mls) NE of London-Northolt Airport (NHT) (United Kingdom)
|Phase:|| Initial climb (ICL)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||London-Northolt Airport (NHT), United Kingdom|
|Destination airport:||Glasgow-Renfrew Airport, United Kingdom|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot taking off when the aircraft was almost entirely covered with snow. In doing this the pilot committed an error of judgement."
» The Civil Aircraft Registers of Great Britain
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.