Accident description
Last updated: 18 April 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 10 January 1952
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-35-DK Dakota 3
Operator:Aer Lingus
Registration: EI-AFL
C/n / msn: 16699/33447
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Total:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Cwm Edno (   United Kingdom) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:London-Northolt Airport (NHT), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Dublin Airport (DUB/EIDW), Ireland
Narrative:
The DC-3 (named 'Saint Kevin') departed Northolt Airport at 17:25 for an IFR flight to Dublin. Last radio contact with the flight was around 19:15 when the flight requested a descent. The request was granted by the Dublin controller, but the clearance was not read back by the DC-3 crew.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The encountering of a powerful down-current of air on the lee side of Snowdon which forced the aircraft down into an area of very great turbulence were through one or another of several possible causes the pilot or pilots lost control."

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 38-AN/33 (28-38)


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Distance from London-Northolt Airport to Dublin Airport as the crow flies is 444 km (277 miles).

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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