Accident description
Last updated: 2 September 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 5 January 1953
Type:Vickers 610 Viking 1B
Operator:British European Airways - BEA
Registration: G-AJDL
C/n / msn: 262
First flight: 1949
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 31
Total:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 35
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Belfast-Nutts Corner Airport (   United Kingdom) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:London-Northolt Airport (NHT), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Belfast-Nutts Corner Airport, United Kingdom
Narrative:
The Viking aircraft "Lord St Vincent" crashed on approach to Belfast. It struck approach lights, an SBA van and the ILS building before breaking up.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Inquiry found no indication of mechanical failure. The documentation of the aircraft was in order, the crew were properly qualified, and control procedures were correctly carried out. The Inquiry found that on the evidence available there existed such conditions as could properly be described as deceptive to the pilot and the conclusion was that the primary cause of the accident was an error of judgement on the part of the captain."

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 38-AN/33 (138-140)


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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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