Accident description
Last updated: 28 November 2014
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 12 March 1950
Time:ca 14:50
Type:Avro 689 Tudor 5
Operator:Fairflight
Registration: G-AKBY
C/n / msn: 1417
First flight: 1947
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Merlin 621
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 RAF Station, United Kingdom
Narrative:
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."

Classification:
Centre of Gravity outside limits
Loss of control

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


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Distance from Dublin Airport to Llandow RAF Station as the crow flies is 288 km (180 miles).

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