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.
|Date:||Friday 19 August 1949|
|Operator:||British European Airways - BEA|
|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:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||24 km (15 mls) NE of Manchester-Ringway Airport (MAN) (United Kingdom)
|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|
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."
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.