Accident
Last updated: 1 October 2014
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mercredi 21 septembre 1955
Heure:22:23 UTC
Type/Sous-type:Canadair C-4 Argonaut
Compagnie:British Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC
Immatriculation: G-ALHL
Numéro de série: 158
Année de Fabrication:
Moteurs: 4 Rolls-Royce Merlin 622
Equipage:victimes: 2 / à bord: 7
Passagers:victimes: 13 / à bord: 40
Total:victimes: 15 / à bord: 47
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Tripoli-Idris Airport (TIP) (   Libye) show on map
Phase de vol: En approche (APR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA/LIRA), Italie
Aéroport de destination:Tripoli-Idris Airport (TIP/HLLT), Libye
Détails:
The Argonaut had taken off from London for a flight to Kano. Following a scheduled stop at Rome, the aircraft continued to Tripoli. Visibility was poor at Tripoli and strong winds existed as the aircraft approached the airfield. The first three attempts to land had to be rejected. On the fourth attempt to land, the aircraft descended too low and struck trees some 1200 feet short of runway 11. A crash followed.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was a result of an error of judgement on the part of the captain who having made three unsuccessful attempts to line-up and land on runway 11 on his fourth attempt allowed his desire to keep the runway lights in view to effect his judgement, in that during a visual approach to the runway he failed to make adequate reference to his flight instruments. In the restricted visibility the runway lights gave him insufficient guidance as to attitude, height and angle of approach and unknowingly he permitted the aircraft to descend below its correct approach path."

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 50-AN/45 (183-187)


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposé destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Roma-Ciampino Airport et Tripoli-Idris Airport est de 1010 km (631 miles).

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