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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2016
Date:Saturday 19 June 1954
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-240-4
Registration: HB-IRW
C/n / msn: 61
First flight: 1948
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 10 km W off Folkestone (   United Kingdom)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA/LSGG), Switzerland
Destination airport:London (unknown airport), United Kingdom
Fuel exhaustion over the English Channel forced the crew to ditch the aircraft. All occupants were able to escape, but 3 non-swimmers drowned because of there had been no life-saving equipment on board.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Complete loss of power of both engines through fuel exhaustion and is attributed to negligence on the part of both pilots."

Fuel starvation



photo of Convair CV-240-4 PH-TEA
PH-TEA was sold to Swissair as HB-IRW in November 1953
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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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