Narrative:The brakes failed on landing, causing the York to overran the runway. The aircraft came to rest across a river, some 250yds past the end of the runway.
|Date:||Friday 25 July 1947|
|Type:||Avro 685 York C.1|
|C/n / msn:|| 1374|
|First flight:|| 1947|
|Engines:|| 4 Rolls-Royce Merlin|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 17|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 24 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||London Airport (LHR) (United Kingdom)
|Phase:|| Landing (LDG)|
|Nature:||Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Berlin (unknown airport), Germany|
|Destination airport:||London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL), United Kingdom|
The cause of the brake failure was given as a broken cable due to excessive wear over the steel rubbing blocks in the pilot's control column. Although the brake cable and blocks were removed from the control column for examination approximately 20 hours flying time before the accident, it is stated that considerable taxying, which had necessitated frequent use of the brakes, had been necessary owing to the nature of the foreign airfields visited.
» The Times, 26 July 1947, p4
» Flight 6 May 1948
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.