Narrative:Some 7 minutes after takeoff the no. 3 engine oil temperature rose. The engine was shut down and relit when oil temperature had fallen. Following demonstration of a stall manoeuvre, the temperature again rose followed by a fire in the no. 3 engine nacelle. The fire could not be contained, so the no. 4 engine was stopped as a precautionary measure. On approach to Filton the no. 1 and 2 engines both quit. The were quickly restarted, but an emergency belly landing was made on the mud flats of the Severn Estuary.
|Date:||Thursday 4 February 1954|
|Type:||Bristol 175 Britannia 101|
|Operator:||UK Ministry of Supply|
|C/n / msn:|| 12874|
|First flight:|| 1953|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 13 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Severn Estuary (United Kingdom)
|Phase:|| Unknown (UNK)|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Mechanical failure of the propeller reduction gear."
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.