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Accident description
Last updated: 30 April 2016
Date:Monday 2 February 1953
Type:Avro 685 York I
Registration: G-AHFA
C/n / msn: 1304
First flight: 1946
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Merlin
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 33
Total:Fatalities: 39 / Occupants: 39
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 500 km E off Newfoudland, Canada (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Terceira-Lajes Airport, Azores (TER/LPLA), Portugal
Destination airport:Gander Airport, NF (YQX/CYQX), Canada
Avro York G-AHFA was on a trooping flight from Stansted to Jamaica when it took off from Lajes AFB, Azores at 23:25 for a flight across the Atlantic Ocean to Gander. Last radio contact was at 05:31 when an SOS-call was received. Last position was Lat 46deg 15'N Long 46deg 31'W.
Pieces of wreckage were never found.


» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 39-AN/34 (29-33)


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Distance from Terceira-Lajes Airport, Azores to Gander Airport, NF as the crow flies is 2441 km (1526 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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