Narrative:The Bristol 170 aircraft was operated by the Bristol company to perform some tests to obtain engine and propeller data under specific climbing conditions. The aircraft departed Filton at 10:03. At 11:10 the commander of a surfaced submarine saw the aircraft crash into the sea. A large object, thought to be part of the wing was seen fluttering down separately.
|Date:||Friday 6 May 1949|
Bristol 170 Freighter 31
|Operator:||Bristol Aeroplane Company|
|C/n / msn:|| 12766|
|First flight:|| |
|Crew:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||26 km (16.3 mls) off Portland Lighthouse ( United Kingdom)
|Phase:|| Maneuvering (MNV)|
|Departure airport:||Filton Airport (FZO/EGTG), United Kingdom|
Probable Cause:PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was the result of a structural failure in the air, the cause of which is unknown."
Loss of control
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.