Accident description
Last updated: 24 April 2014
Date:Sunday 12 March 1950
Time:ca 14:50
Type:Avro 689 Tudor 5
Registration: G-AKBY
C/n / msn: 1417
First flight: 1947
Engines: 4 Rolls Royce 621 Merlin
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 75 / Occupants: 78
Total:Fatalities: 80 / Occupants: 83
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Llandow (   United Kingdom) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Dublin Airport (DUB/EIDW), Ireland
Destination airport:Llandow Airport, United Kingdom
Avro Tudor G-AKBY was chartered for a return flight from Llandow, Wales to Dublin (DUB), Ireland. The passengers attended a rugby match between Ireland and Wales.
While on final approach to Llandow's runway 28 there was a slight tendency to undershoot. When 800 yards from the runway and at a height of 150 feet there was an additional use of power followed by the sudden application of full throttle. The aircraft rose steeply to 300 feet attaining a nose-up attitude of 35 degrees to the vertical. The aircraft then stalled and crashed into a field 2500 feet short of the runway.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The loading conditions of the aircraft which gave a centre of gravity position too far aft and outside the limit in the relevant Certificate of Airworthiness and therefor insuffucient elevator control under conditions of low speed and acute instability."


» Aviation Disasters / D. Gero
» ICAO Circular 18-AN/15 (52-53)


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