Narrative: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.
|Date:||Saturday 19 June 1954|
|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|
Probable Cause:PROBABLE CAUSE: "Complete loss of power of both engines through fuel exhaustion and is attributed to negligence on the part of both pilots."
PH-TEA was sold to Swissair as HB-IRW in November 1953
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.