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Accident description
Last updated: 24 October 2017
Date:Wednesday 16 July 1947
Type:Avro 685 York C.1
Operator:British Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC
Registration: G-AGNR
C/n / msn: 1219
First flight: 1945
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Merlin
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 18
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Az-Zubair (   Iran)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cairo (unknown airport), Egypt
Destination airport:Basra International Airport (BSR/ORMM), Iraq
Avro York G-AGMR had been scheduled to operate a flight from the UK to Calcutta through Malta, Cairo, Basrah, Karachi and Delhi. Because of poor visibility at Basrah, the crew accepted a diversion to Shaibah. Three attempts to land at Shaibah failed. On the fourth attempt the crew used the RAF descend through cloud procedure (QGH). During this approach the York touched the ground. Power was applied, and the aircraft climbed over a small wood before crashing back 740yds further on.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An error on the part of the pilot in continuing the flight in unsuitable weather conditions coupled with lack of co-operation by the Air Traffic Control."


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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