Accident
Last updated: 24 July 2014
Statuts:
Date:jeudi 1 janvier 1953
Heure:ca 11:00
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3D
Compagnie:Aer Lingus
Immatriculation: EI-ACF
Numéro de série: 42957
Année de Fabrication: 1946
Heures de vol:10968
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 22
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 25
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Spernall (   Royaume Uni)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:Dublin Airport (DUB/EIDW), Irlande
Aéroport de destination:Birmingham International Airport (BHX/EGBB), Royaume Uni
Détails:
DC-3 EI-ACF "St Kieran" departed Dublin a 09:36 for a flight to Birmingham. At about 11:00 both engines quit, forcing the crew to carry out a forced landing.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The primary cause of the accident was loss of engine power due to fuel starvation. The Inquiry found that this was caused by selecting the port engine to the right main tank to which the starboard engine was also selected. The loss of engine power alone was the sole cause of the accident, which could have been avoided had the crew diagnosed the cause of the trouble and changed the fuel feed to another tank. The failure to diagnose fuel starvation was probably due to the circumstances, i.e. first the lack of co-ordinated effort by the captain and first officer after the engines out; second, the knowledge of the crew that ample fuel for the flight was on board and their belief that the engines were drawing from their respective main tanks. The actual forced landing of the aircraft in conditions of low cloud, poor forward visibility and unfavourable terrain was skillfully executed and resulted in the passengers escaping unharmed."

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 38-AN/33 (134-137)
» Tommy Hanley, Irish Aviator

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) -Ireland
report status: Final
report number: Non-statutory Inquiry
report released:01-MAR-2002
duration of investigation:17956 days (49 years 2.4 months)
download report: Report of Non-Statutory Inquiry into non fatal air crash at Birmingham on 1st January 1953 (AAIU Non-statutory Inquiry)

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Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposé destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Dublin Airport et Birmingham International Airport est de 319 km (199 miles).

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