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Last updated: 17 November 2018
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 31 October 1954
Time:15:07
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 720 Viscount
Operator:Trans Australia Airlines - TAA
Registration: VH-TVA
C/n / msn: 44
First flight: 1954
Total airframe hrs:154
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Dart 505
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mangalore Airport, VIC (   Australia)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Mangalore Airport, VIC (YMNG), Australia
Destination airport:Mangalore Airport, VIC (YMNG), Australia
Narrative:
The Viscount was being used on a pilot conversion training flight. The pilots commenced a three-engine takeoff from Mangalore Airport, Australia. After running some 2000 feet, the aircraft swung off the runway to the right, became airborne and continued in a steeper turn to the right. This continued until the right hand wing tip struck the ground 2300 feet west of runway 22. The aircraft was destroyed by impact and fire.
It was established that two non-surviving pilots may have survived if they had been wearing the a shoulder harness.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An error of judgement on the part of the pilot-in-command in that he took the aircraft into the air at a speed below the minimum control speed, following loss of directional control during the ground run. Some difficulty in maintaining directional control had been experienced during the takeoff run with the final loss probably occurred through nose wheel steering being relinquished as the pilot-in-command took over the controls. A factor probably contributing to this accident was the limited experience of the pilot-in-command on this type of aircraft."

Classification:

Loss of control

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 47-AN/42 (162-169)


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