Narrative:The Viking collided head-on with a Russian Air Force Yakovlev 3 fighter, which was performing aerobatics. The Viking spiralled slowly without control and crashed. The fighter pilot was also killed.
|Date:||Monday 5 April 1948|
|Type:||Vickers 610 Viking 1B|
|Operator:||British European Airways - BEA|
|C/n / msn:|| 229|
|First flight:|| 1947|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10|
|Total:||Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14 |
|Collision casualties:||Fatalities: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||3 km (1.9 mls) from Berlin-Gatow (Germany)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||London (unknown airport), United Kingdom|
|Destination airport:||Berlin-R.A.F. Gatow Airport (GWW/EDBG), Germany|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The collision was caused by the action of the Yak fighter, which was in disregard of the accepted rules of flying and, in particular, of the quadripartite flying rules to which Soviet authorities were parties."
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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.