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Accident description
Last updated: 21 September 2017
Status:Final
Date:Monday 2 February 1953
Time:05:31 UTC
Type:Avro 685 York I
Operator:Skyways
Registration: G-AHFA
C/n / msn: 1304
First flight: 1946
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Merlin 502
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
Narrative:
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. Weather conditions were considered favourable for the flight. The radio operator transmitted approximately hourly position reports. Last radio contact was at 05:31 when an SOS-call was received by Gander. Last position was Lat 46deg 15'N Long 46deg 31'W.
An area of 68000 square miles was searched but no trace of the aircraft was found.´

During the investigation it was noted that the flight was supposed to have a minimum of 9 hours rest after 9 hours of flying. Arriving at Lajes, the crew had been on duty at least 9 hours. The turn-around took just over 4 hours during which time it is unlikely that the crew had any time for recuperative rest. At the time of the emergency the crew had been on duty for over 19 hours.
The investigators recommended that an in-depth study be undertaken with regards to crew fatigue.

Probable Cause:

Cause: Unascertainable.

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: AIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 287 days (10 months)
Accident number: Final report
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Missing
Missing

Sources:
» 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).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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