Accident description
Last updated: 26 July 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 19 August 1949
Time:ca 12:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-5-DK (DC-3)
Operator:British European Airways - BEA
Registration: G-AHCY
C/n / msn: 12355
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 29
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 32
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:24 km (15 mls) NE of Manchester-Ringway Airport (MAN) (   United Kingdom) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Belfast-Nutts Corner Airport, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Manchester-Ringway Airport (MAN/EGCC), United Kingdom
Narrative:
Dakota G-AHCY departed Belfast at 10:58 for a one hour flight to Manchester. Last radio contact with the aircraft was at 11:59. The aircraft crashed into the side of a cloud-covered hill at about 1400 feet, 15 miles short of the Manchester Ringway airport.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An error in navigation, incorrect approach procedure and failure to check the position of the aircraft accurately before the descent from a safe height."

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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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.
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