Accident description
Last updated: 21 April 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 19 June 1954
Type:Convair CV-240-4
Operator:Swissair
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:off Folkestone (   United Kingdom) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA/LSGG), Switzerland
Destination airport:London (unknown airport), United Kingdom
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.

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

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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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