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Last updated: 23 June 2018
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:dimanche 31 octobre 1954
Heure:15:07
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 720 Viscount
Compagnie:Trans Australia Airlines - TAA
Immatriculation: VH-TVA
Numéro de série: 44
Année de Fabrication: 1954
Heures de vol:154
Moteurs: 4 Rolls-Royce Dart 505
Equipage:victimes: 2 / à bord: 2
Passagers:victimes: 1 / à bord: 6
Total:victimes: 3 / à bord: 8
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Mangalore Airport, VIC (   Australie)
Phase de vol: Au décollage (TOF)
Nature:Entrainement
Aéroport de départ:Mangalore Airport, VIC (YMNG), Australie
Aéroport de destination:Mangalore Airport, VIC (YMNG), Australie
Détails:
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."

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


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