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Last updated: 8 October 2015
Date:Monday 5 April 1948
Type:Vickers 610 Viking 1B
Operator:British European Airways - BEA
Registration: G-AIVP
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: 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
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.

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."

Mid air collision
Loss of control

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